These 4 Prescribed Medications Are Shrinking Your Brain!
Dementia is one of the worst cognitive declines a person can experience and also one of the most common ones unfortunately. Seeing your memory fogging away in the distance and your brain just slipping away on you without being able to do anything about it is simply terrifying. But there is something you can do to lower your risk of developing dementia in the later stages in your life, you just need to know how to protect yourself.
The first thing you need to do is stop taking anticholinergic drugs, they’re one of the most commonly prescribed medicines but are actually increasing your risk of this disease. What are these drugs? Well, there is a plethora of medicines that fall under this category some more common, some not so much. Here are the 4 most commonly prescribed anticholinergics that damage your brain:
- Benadryl (anti-allergy medicine)
- Dramamine (a very common anti-motion sickness drug)
- Dimetapp (cold and cough medication)
- Unisom (anti-allergy medication and a sleep aid)
Aside from these four there are a number of other drugs from this group that are also detrimental for your mental health, like Paxil a depression and anti-anxiety drug, Demerol common painkiller as well as VESIcare, a drug for an overactive bladder. There are also some heart disease medications and hypertension drugs that fall under the category, here we listed just some of the most common ones.
Extensive research on the topic has been conducted in the past, connecting these drugs to severe cognitive decline, however, according to a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the Indiana School of Medicine proves this point further more
The study involved 451 subjects, with an average age of 73, all volunteers. They were asked to give their MRIs and PET scans and do some cognitive tests and memory examinations. After the examinations were concluded and the results examined it was determined that the subjects who had been taking some kind of anticholinergic medications had an arguably smaller brain, reduced in size. They also showed worse results on the memory tests and had difficulties with the problem solving, reasoning and planning exercises as well.
Shannon Risacher, an assistant professor of imaging sciences and radiology said that these results give us a much better insight into how these drugs actually affect the brain and how they increase the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in the later stages of life. From all of this we can only deduce that doctors will have to find some alternative for these common anticholinergic drugs, especially if they’re prescribing them to elderly patients.
But what can replace these anticholinergic medications?
Whatever drug you’re taking you should know that there must be some other alternative you can implement instead of it. Do your own research or consult with your doctor which medications can be a substitute for these anticholinergic one you’re taking. There must be some alternative that won’t cause your brain to shrink and still treat the condition you’re suffering from.
If you’re taking the abovementioned drugs for allergies, cough, motion sickness and sleeping problems there are a million natural remedies that can be even more effective than the conventional drugs.
If you suffer from allergies raw honey can help you familiarize your immune system with the allergens present in your area. You can use saline spray of butterbur as well. The usual cough and cold can be quite bothersome but they can easily be resolved with some ginger and lemon tea or some other natural remedy I’m sure you’ll find online.
If you have motion sickness drink some fresh peppermint or ginger tea, it should alleviate your problem. Chewing on a raw piece of ginger can also help significantly. Learn some deep breathing techniques, they can help as well.
Lastly, if you can’t get a decent night of sleep don’t reach out for those drugs right away, they can hurt your brain and cause irreversible damage. Make sure you get your sleeping cycle in order, go to bed early and get up early. Try out some relaxing aromatherapy with lavender of chamomile essential oils. Drink some tart cherry juice before bed or eat an organic turkey sandwich. If you’re still having problems falling asleep try to find some nature-based medications that will help you fall asleep but not damage your overall health in the process.