You might think that majority of the insomnia and allergy drugs sold on the market is safe but recent research has shown some new dangers. Common anticholinergic drugs have now been linked with dementia. Benadryl, Advil PM, Dramamine among others have been included in those drugs linked to dementia.
Proof of Drugs Linked with Dementia
Scientists in recent times have found links between cognitive decline and anticholinergic drugs. Although, the recent study written on JAMA Neurology is different. This is due to researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine using brain imaging to discover how the brain is affected by anticholinergic drugs. Using PET and MRI scan imaging, scientist have expressed how anticholinergic drug causes higher brain atrophy and lower brain metabolism to people consuming it.
Scientists at the University of Washington also discovered that regular consumption of sleep aids and anticholinergic drugs increases ones chances of getting dementia. The research however only showed results for people consuming the drug for over 3 years.
Tiotropium, a drug used to treat respiratory issues like asthma and COPD have also been found to have anticholinergic action. Paxil – for treating depression and Vesicare for overactive bladder issues are other examples of anticholinergic drugs.
Natural treatments for Insomnia and Allergies
In case your doctor prescribed anticholinergic drugs to you, ensure before you stop, you have consulted a medical professional. Yet it’s usually possible to treat sicknesses like insomnia and allergies without needing to use extreme drug prescriptions. Here are a few natural treatments you can try.
Take a chance at valerian root sleep treatment that has minimal risks of side effects.
Maintain 60 to 70 degrees temperature as it cools your body’s internal thermometer, promoting sleepiness.
Eat sleep-including, melatonin rich food such as cherries, bananas, radishes or ginger as a bedtime fast food.
Try to take essential oils for allergies. According to a research written in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology advises peppermint oil is a good relaxant and shows antispasmodic activity limiting contractions that make you cough.
In case you have ragweed allergy, stay away from cucumbers, bananas, melons, chamomile, sunflower seeds and echinacea as they can incite your body to an allergic response. Chicken, lamb and beef bone broth aids in easing respirator issues. It also assists in decreasing inflammation in the body and enhance the immune system.
Final notes on Dementia Risk and Over-the-Counter Drugs
As you shouldn’t refrain from your medication without inquiring from a doctor, it is ideal to check if your drugs are linked with dementia or is an anticholinergic drug. In case they are, ask for possible alternatives with minimal side effects.
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS is a doctor of natural medicine, nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine and operates one of the world’s largest natural health websites atwww.DrAxe.com.