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Anticholinergic Drugs: Studies Prove That These Drugs Make Your Brain Stop Working

Anticholinergic Drugs: Studies Prove That These Drugs Make Your Brain Stop Working

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  • Many OTC drugs were previously carefully monitored prescription drugs that are now easily purchased in a smaller "OTC strength" that nearly doubles the number of pills required to equal the prescription dose.
  • Drugs commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions negatively affect your brain, causing long-term cognitive impairment. These drugs, called anticholinergics, block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter.
  • In 2008, Americans filled more than 56 million prescriptions for sleeping pills and spent more than $600 million on over-the-counter sleep aids. But anticholinergic sleep medications in particular may be causing far more harm than good, especially long term, without providing any benefit at all.
  • Resorting to sleep pills is a risky business, as they have potent addictive properties. Taking them may also cause a higher risk of falls and injuries among the elderly, a higher risk of getting into traffic accidents, and even sleep eating.
  • Quality sleep is just as important as your need for food, water, and pure air -- and there are natural steps that can help you get the good night’s rest you need.

Drugs commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions negatively affect your brain, causing long-term cognitive impairment. These drugs, called anticholinergics, block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter.

They include such common over-the-counter brands as Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, and Unisom.


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