Two of my blog posts in the past week have dealt with medications frequently used by seniors and the serious risks they pose.
•A new study finds that anticholinergic medications carry irreversible risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Drugs that fall into this class include tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, meds used to treat overactive bladders, and -- of special interest to me -- over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids like the Tylenol PM that I used and abused for many years. See bit.ly/1Cf5F9i
•New guidelines have been issued for doctors to use in prescribing statins, the cholesterol – lowering meds. The guidelines, which would greatly increase the number of seniors given these drugs, have been found flawed and many medical authorities think statins pose more risk than benefit for seniors. See bit.ly/1Bn6nwz.