Benadryl may increase risk of Alzheimer's, study says

January 27, 2015 6:50 PM

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Benadryl may increase risk of Alzheimer's, study says

Need help with allergies—or sleeping? Be careful: A new study finds that some sleeping aids and allergy pills, including Benadryl and Nytol, are associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

The study looked at "anticholinergic" drugs, which block acetylcholine, a nervous system chemical transmitter, thus causing drowsiness and other side effects. They found that people who took at least 10mg per day of doxepin (a tricyclic antidepressant), 5mg per day of oxybutynin (like bladder contro...

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