As a doctor specialized in aging, I have noticed that even health-conscious people rarely know that many commonly used medications are bad for brain health.
And I’m not just talking about habit-forming sedatives.
They are in many over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and they are often prescribed for a variety of common health complaints.
I’ve never quite understood why there isn’t more of a brain health warning on these drugs.
And even if you are super-fit and never take any medications, it’s good to know what to help your friends and family avoid.
Research has linked the drugs to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and also to hospitalizations in older adults.
Research has linked them to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and also to hospitalizations in older adults.
Sometimes, that drowsiness is why people take the drugs, and a little sedation might sound benign.
They block acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter in the body.
This leads to lower brain function, which people often experience as sedation.