Is your memory playing tricks on you? Check your medicine cabinet!

I’m sending this out as a topic of the week.

I’ve already written about the dangers of cholesterol lowering statin drugs on memory, brain function (and pain). A new study shows that medications for insomnia, itching, allergies, and anxiety can also cause memory loss:

Is your memory playing tricks on you? Check your medicine cabinet!

Common medication to treat insomnia, anxiety, itching or allergies can have a negative impact on memory or concentration in the elderly, according to Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Research Chair at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM, Montreal Geriatric University Institute) and Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Montreal (UdeM). Up to ninety percent of people over the age of 65 take at least one prescription medication. Eighteen percent of people in this age group complain of memory problems and are found to have mild cognitive deficits. Research suggests there may be a link between the two.

Read article here.

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I really enjoy my work. It is a combination of listening, analyzing, and the skill of performing my craft. I love the expression on my patients faces when I puzzle out a long standing problem of theirs, or when their pain leaves after gently adjusting them. Read more about me

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