Ethics in Medicine

Over the Counter Medications Linked to Dementia

Kristen Sparrow • December 29, 2015


Image of UW School of Pharmacy Professor Shelly Gray
Pharmacy Professor Shelly Gray

Wow.  I did not know this.  Benadryl as also implicated.
“For instance, the most commonly used medications in the study were tricyclic antidepressants like doxepin (Sinequan), first-generation antihistamines like chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), and antimuscarinics for bladder control like oxybutynin (Ditropan). The study estimated that people taking at least 10 mg/day of doxepin, 4 mg/day of chlorpheniramine, or 5 mg/day of oxybutynin for more than three years would be at greater risk for developing dementia.”