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Medications and Cognitive Function

by Marcia Mueller

If you are taking painkillers, antihistamines or pyschotrophic drugs  you might want to check this link to Indydiscoverynetwork.  If you follow the link to the Anticholinergic Burden Scale you'll see a list of some pretty common drugs that can affect brain function.  Some common over the counter drugs that have a strong negative effect on brain function are Benadryl and Tylenal PM.  Some of the common prescription drugs listed are Flexeril a common muscle relaxant;  Xanax and Paxil, phyciatric meds;  and the blood thinner Warfarin.  You can also read about medications and cognitive function on the NY Times.  Realizing that I am biased,  Chinese medicine has great herbs for sinus congestion and acupuncture has been shown to help depression.  So if you feel you want to take less medication perhaps acupuncture and herbs can help you feel and think better.