Two types of drugs you may want to avoid for the sake of your brain

Medications to avoid or use briefly

Common drugs that might increase dementia risk Possible alternatives
Allergies, colds Anticholinergics

brompheniramine (Dimetapp)

carbinoxamine (Palgic)

chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)

diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril)

cetirizine (Zyrtec)

desloratadine (Clarinex)

fexofenadine (Allegra)

loratadine (Claritin)

Anxiety Benzodiazepines

alprazolam (Xanax)

chlordiazepoxide (Librium)

clonazepam (Klonopin)

clorazepate (Tranxene)

diazepam (Valium)

flurazepam (Dalmane)

lorazepam (Ativan)

oxazepam (Serax)

paroxetine (Paxil)

bupropion (Wellbutrin)

buspirone (BuSpar)

citalopram (Celexa)

fluoxetine (Prozac)

sertraline (Zoloft)

venlafaxine (Effexor)

Depression Anticholinergics

amitriptyline (Elavil)

clomipramine (Anafranil)

doxepin (Sinequan)

imipramine (Tofranil)

paroxetine (Paxil)

trimipramine (Surmontil)

bupropion (Wellbutrin)

buspirone (Buspar)

citalopram (Celexa)

fluoxetine (Prozac)

sertraline (Zoloft)

venlafaxine (Effexor)

Insomnia Anticholinergics

mirtazapine (Remeron)

nefazodone (Serzone)

trazodone (Desyrel)

Benzodiazepines

estazolam (ProSom)

quazepam (Doral)

temazepam (Restoril)

triazolam (Halcion)

Melatonin

Nondrug approaches

practicing relaxation techniques

avoiding alcohol and heavy meals before bedtime

exercising vigorously early in the day

Urge incontinence Anticholinergics

darifenacin (Enablex)

fesoterodine (Toviaz)

flavoxate (Urispas)

oxybutynin (Ditropan)

solifenacin (Vesicare)

tolterodine (Detrol)

trimipramine (Surmontil)

trospium (Sanctura)

Nondrug approaches

bladder training

physical exercise

weight loss for overweight or obese women

Minimally invasive procedures

Botox injections

implantable bladder stimulators

 

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