I've written about the negative effects of anticholinergics before. Now another study has been published that links anticholinergics to cognitive decline and even death.
Anticholinergics include both prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl, Dramamine, Exedrin PM, Nytrol, Sominex and Tylenol PM.
A study looked at 13,000 men and women over the age of 65 for a period of two years. It found that those taking medications with definite anticholinergic effects showed a 0.33 point decline in their Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores. Two year mortality was also higher in those taking anticholinergic medications.
This is a good reminder that over-the-counter medications can carry just as much risk as prescription drugs. Always speak to your doctor before taking new medications or altering existing regimens.
Last updated: January 28, 2015