Friday, 9 October 2009

Is Dementia caused by Pharmaceutical drugs?

Dementia is an illness that has increased enormously in recent decades - largely in line with the increase in consumption of pharmaceutical drugs. So could one cause of dementia conventional medical drugs? It is quite likely, and research indicates the likely connection.

Statins (Pharmacotherapy, 2003: 23; 871-80)
Benzodiazepine tranquillizers (Vertx, 2001; 12; 272-5)
Antidepressants (Ann Clin Psychiatry, 2004; 16; 15-25
Steroids (Drugs Aging, 1999; 15; 15-28)
Anticholinergics (Arch Gerontol Geriatr, 2007; 44 Suppl: 199-206)
Opioids (Drugs Aging, 1983; 3; 349-57)
NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Drug Aging, 1999; 15; 15-28)

Yet many more drugs, listed in the British National Formulary, give 'confusion' as a 'side-effect'. Some 'side-effect. It would seem that taking drugs can actually send us out of our minds. No-one is bothering to tell us about this science, of course - bad for pharmaceutical profits I suppose.

For more information about which pharmaceutical drugs are known to cause dementia (and other illnesses and diseases), click here