Pharma can hurt you, anytime during the life of a drug: Wednesday news and blogs

  • Medications found to cause long term cognitive impairment of aging brain — PhysOrg.com — Anticholinergics, from Benedryl to Paxil and more.These drugs, called anticholinergics, block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter, and are widely-used medical therapies. They are sold over the counter under various brand names such as Benadryl®, Dramamine®, Excedrin PM®, Nytol®, Sominex®, Tylenol PM®, and Unisom®. Other anticholinergic drugs, such as Paxil®, Detrol®, Demerol® and Elavil® are available only by prescription. Older adults most commonly use drugs with anticholinergic effects as sleep aids and to relieve bladder leakage problems.
  • Psychiatric & Heart Risks With Vivus Diet Pill: FDA // Pharmalot — For those who may not recall, Qnexa is a combo treatment – it includes phentermine, which was part of the fen-phen cocktail that was yanked in 1997, and topiramate, which is marketed as the Topamax seizure med. But phentermine can be habit forming and is contraindicated for people with advanced arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, or moderate to severe hypertension (see more about this below), while topiramate includes warnings about suicide and requires a patient pregnancy registry.

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