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Common Medications That May Be Linked to Dementia

The July/August Scientific American Mind has two very interesting articles concerning common medications and a possible link with dementia. Do you take a proton-pump inhibitor? These are medications such as Nexium and Prilosec. A study of 73,679 elder individuals found that dementia was found more often in those taking these drugs. This study was published in JAMA Neurology in February. There is an association not a causation.

The other class of drugs to be wary of are statins which are used to lower cholesterol and becoming very common. Neurological effects can be produced by these drugs. Apparently some people are more susceptible than others for unknown reason. Some people develop ALS type symptoms with muscle wasting and may also be related to dementia. Some more common side effects are fatigue, cognition problems, poor sleep, peripheral neuropathy.

So be aware and look into healthy diet and exercise instead.

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June 19, 2016 Posted by | health | Leave a comment