Although medical researchers are unable to pinpoint the exact cause of Alzheimer’s, many studies link exposure to certain chemicals, medications, and even emotions to heightening the risk of developing the disease.
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According to the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, taking certain prescriptions and even easily accessible over-the-counter drugs can raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Notably prescription tricyclic antidepressants (i.e., doxepin) and antimuscarinic drugs prescribed for better bladder control (i.e., oxybutynin) have been linked to increasing the likelihood of dementia. Whereas, certain nonprescription antihistamines (i.e., chlorpheniramine and Benadryl) have also been linked to developing dementia.