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Over the counter meds plus

October of last year I had an MRI of my brain to check out why I have lost my sense of smell. The MRI showed a couple of areas.where I had small strokes. I did agreement tests at the neurologist that indicate.I hsve mild cognitive impairment. More tests to be done BUT... from online research inhave done I have found out an over the counter.medication (Tylenol PM) in particular benadryl has been shown to negatively impact cognitive function. I had been taking Tylenol PM every night to help with chronic insomnia for about 10 years. Also found out that prilosec I had been taking every day since 2011, Jas been also linked to.cognitive impairment.

Has anyone here had a similar experience? What have you done about it?

Also, a word to everyone, if you have been taking these.meds stop.

I am trying a new med for chronic insomnia and have stopped the others

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The negative effects on memory from chronic use of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) has been known for well over a decade: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/126...

The possible association between Prilosec and dementia is important, and needs to be confirmed through a randomized study: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/268...

Thanks for bringing this to the group's attention.


Thanks for the response.


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