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Drugs that Mimic Alzheimer's Disease

Updated on August 29, 2012

Did you know that there are over 100 drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease and the problem with most of them is that their side effects can mimic the disease it is treating. There are many drugs used to treat the disease that are prescribed for many other less serious issues, yet they can give one the mistaken belief they have the disease. The drugs are:

  • Antihistimatines, like Benadryl
  • Sleeping pills like Ambien, Sonata
  • Painkillers like Darvon, Demerol, Aleve
  • Anti-anxiety pills like Valium, Xanax
  • Cholesterol drugs, such as Lipitor
  • Acid reflux medication like Zantac
  • Blood pressure, tranquilizer, heart drugs

If you suffer from a sort of memory loss and are taking one of the above medications, if you can, stop taking it to see if your memory improves. Otherwise, consult with your doctor about possible Alzheimer side effects.


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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for this information. Very useful to me having just published How Alzheimer's Upset My Mother's Life and Mine ( There's so much I need to know.

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      peachpower 5 years ago from Florida

      I read that report. What I think is getting lost in translation here is that there are 100 different disorders that are have similar symptoms of AD, not 100 different drugs to treat Alzheimer's. There are only 2 categories of drugs approved to treat the disease; and there are only about 5 drugs in both of those categories combined. Thanks for responding!!

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      perrya 5 years ago

      The report was in the Wall street journal, and just how many times have medical reports contradicted one another? too many to recall. Still, good info to be aware of.

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      peachpower 5 years ago from Florida

      I'm not trying to be rude or inflammatory, but I was wondering where you got your information on this topic. I am a nurse, and I have NEVER heard of naproxen sodium (an NSAID) mimicking Alzheimer's Disease symptoms. Never. Here is something you may find of interest: "Epidemiologic evidence strongly suggests that anti-inflammatory agents, such as prednisone (a steroid) and the popular pain relievers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen and indomethacin are associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's." This information is from: ... I think some facts need to be checked/double checked.