It has been discovered that your popular insomnia and allergy drugs are linked with dementia.
These drugs are classed as anticholinergic drugs and they include the following medications;
- Advil PM
It is also believed that known antidepressant medications and pain killers such as Paxil and Demerol have anticholinergic properties and effects.
Proof That Popular Medications Are Linked To Dementia
The recent research findings published in JAMA Neurology will not be the first to be made linking dementia to anticholinergic drugs.
Brain imaging was used by researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine to highlight how anticholinergic drugs affects the brain.
The team of researchers used PET and MRI scan to achieve this and it was noticed that those who used anticholinergic drugs actually had low memory test scores, they had higher brain atrophy and lower brain metabolism.
It was also discovered by researchers of the University of Washington in 2015 that people who frequently used hay fever medications and anticholinergic sleep aids were at a higher risk of coming down with dementia.
It is also important to note that there are other medications that have anticholinergic effects especially those with tiotropium used for the treatment of respiratory disorders such as; asthma (Atrovent) and COPD. Other drugs like Vesicare for treating overactive bladder disorders.
Using Natural Alternative Cure For Insomnia And Allergy Problems
Now that you know that your conventional medications can actually lead to dementia, you can try treating your allergy and insomnia issues with natural remedies today.
For Allergy Problems
- Use essential oil to take care if your allergy concerns.
It is believed that peppermint oil provides both a relaxing and antispasmodic effect to help stop those contractions that cause coughing. This discovery was published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2010, however children under 30 months should not be administered with peppermint essential oil.
Avoid the following if you have ragweed allergy;
- sunflower seeds
These fruits and seeds can cause you to have an allergic reaction.
You can also soothe you respiratory issues with bone broth from beef, chicken or lamb. It will reduce inflammation in your respiratory tract as well as stimulate your immune system to help you fight off infections.
To Combat Insomnia
- Using valerian root will help you get to sleep with ease.
- You can adjust your home temperature to between 60 and 70 degrees F. By so doing you will lower the internal thermometer of your body and this will make you to fall asleep.
- Try consuming foods rich in melatonin which are great for getting you to sleep, these foods include; cherries, bananas, radishes and ginger. Eat them just before going to bed.
It is however, advisable for you to seek your doctor’s advice on the effects of the anticholinergic drugs that have been prescribed to you and on how you may solve your insomnia and allergy issues using more natural means.