Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shall I take my medication or not?

Certainly, drugs have their beneficial effects and unwanted effects. But taking them to provide remedy for an existing condition is far better than the risks of not to continue medication. 

Medicines for allergy, insomnia and anxiety are just three of many drugs associated with memory problems. A study was conducted to give answers to the complains of elderly people who are taking the said drugs. The following details were provided to give us the picture of the what I'm talking about.   

The 68 trials on benzodiazepines (which are often used to treat anxiety and insomnia) that were analyzed showed that these drugs consistently lead to impairments in memory and concentration, with a clear dose-response relationship. The 12 tests on antihistamines and the 15 tests on tricyclic antidepressants showed deficits in attention and information processing. Dr. Tannenbaum's findings support the recommendation issued in the Revised Beers Criteria published last spring 2012 by the American Geriatrics Society that all sleeping pills, 1st generation antihistamines and tricyclic antidepressants should be avoided at all costs in seniors. 
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