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New study echoes dementia dangers of allergy, sleep pills

from By Denise A. Valenti

The physicians associated with the Alzheimer's Association recommend that those with dementia avoid over-the-counter medications that have diphenhydramine as the active ingredient. Diphenhydramine, an antihistamine that tends to make people drowsy, is in many allergy products, pain relievers, cold-and-sinus remedies as well as sleep aids that are available without a prescription. Of even greater concern is that anticholingergic drugs may actually produce or accelerate dementia and confusion. more

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