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Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine is a part of our lives. Many of us pop into the pharmacy for cold and headache , cough syrups or allergy treatments. Over-the-counter save the need to go to the doctor's. However, we may be causing more harm than good with these convenient cures. A new study published in the JAMA Neurology suggests that many of these medicines have unwanted, and sometimes , side effects. Researchers say that such side in older adults who often take widely available OTC medicines for asthma, aches and pains, insomnia and allergies, etc. include cognitive impairment, dementia and even brain .

The study was conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine. Researchers examined the between OTC medications and in "cognitively normal" older people who did not have Alzheimer’s disease or . The scientists found that OTC drugs led to a glucose metabolism, which is for the brain to be healthy and function . Dr. Shannon Risacher said: "These findings provide us with a better understanding of how this class of drugs may act upon the brain in that might raise the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia." She added: "I wouldn't advise my grandparents or even my parents to take these medications they have to."


 
 

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