You might be surprised to know that anticholinergic medications include seemingly harmless over-the-counter medications like antihistamines (like Benadryl) and sleep aids (like Tylenol PM).
To help you understand which prescription and over-the-counter drugs have anticholinergic effects, we found a helpful list from ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine of common medical conditions and the anticholinergic medications typically used to treat them.
Medical conditions include a wide variety of common issues like overactive bladder, sleep issues, coughs, colds, allergies, behavior issues, mood disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and Parkinson’s disease.
This list might not include every single condition or medication, but it’s a good start to finding out if any of your older adult’s medications are anticholinergics.
Use this list to have an informed conversation with your older adult’s doctor about the risks and benefits of taking that medication.