You should also know that most of these drugs affect balance, and may increase fall risk. This group covers most over-the-counter sleeping aids, as well as a variety of other prescription drugs.
So there’s a double benefit in identifying them, and minimizing them. This class of medication is often prescribed to help people sleep, or to help with anxiety. By far the most commonly used are the “z-drugs” which include zolpidem, zaleplon, and eszopiclone (brand names Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta, respectively). These medications have the chemical property of blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Mood-stabilizing drugs are also used to treat seizures.) For dementia behaviors, these drugs are often inappropriately prescribed, as in this recent NYT story.
All antipsychotics and mood-stabilizers are sedating and dampen brain function.
(Acetylcholine helps the gut keep things moving.) 4. In older adults, these are usually prescribed to manage difficult behaviors related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
(In a minority of seniors, they are prescribed for serious mental illness such as schizophrenia.
For a good list that classifies drugs as high or low anticholinergic activity, see here.
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Recently, while I was at a family celebration, several people mentioned memory concerns to me.
Some were older adults concerned about the memory of their spouses.
For example, an oral medication for itching can be replaced by a topical cream.
Or the right kind of stretching can help with tight muscles.