Common Drugs with Surprising Mental Side Effects
Many of us have become aware that prescription medications such as Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin may have serious side effects including memory issues. These drugs, which are generally prescribed for anxiety, can possibly increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease since they are in a class known as anticholinergic drugs. They work by blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine in the nervous system.
Many over-the-counter drugs used for sleep and allergies are anticholinergic drugs as well, a fact that’s been well publicized. An article on Forbes.com spotlighted OTC drugs with these anticholinergic properties because they are so prevalent. The article states
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