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11:03 pm: good things
1. Gabapentin! My big dog is moving so much better I think I can start walking him again.

2. Not good in itself but... it's good that we now know? Common anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl linked to increased dementia risk. I've decided to stop taking Benadryl, but not whether to stop taking Zyrtec, and, more important, whether to advise my son, who has many more years of either allergy-suffering or potential-dementia-developing, to stop taking Zyrtec. I also haven't decided whether to stop giving Aiko Benadryl. Big dogs don't usually live long enough to develop dementia, but on the other hand the canine dosage is a lot higher than for humans: a 75-pound dog gets three 25-mg pills up to three times a day. He is miserably itchy when he doesn't get it.

3. My daughter called to chat for a few minutes, because she needed a break but was too busy to actually take a break. Listing all the work she had to do, she casually mentioned preparing a poster to take to a conference. Two conferences, actually: one in D.C. this month, and one in San Francisco next month. "That's kind of impressive, for an undergraduate, isn't it?" I asked. "Is it more common at Reed?" [Because Reed doesn't have grad schools.]
"I know a lot of people who do it," said my daughter, whose aversion to bragging is actually painful. But that is kind of impressive, isn't it?

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Date:February 13th, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC)
Have you looked at Fexofenadine as a potential alternative to Zyrtec? It doesn't work for everyone, but it tends to be less drying.

I'm wondering if the very low dose of amitriptyline I'm taking before bed is enough to worry about - I can pursue it through the primary literature, but I'm suspecting that the answer isn't going to be clear. Phooey. (OTOH, nothing else I'm taking is.)
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Date:February 18th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
I've never heard of Fexofenadine. I'll ask my regular doctor about it next chance I get.

The more we learn the more we find Answer Unclear, Ask Again Later.
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Date:February 13th, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
I can't find Zyrtec listed as an anticholinergic medication anywhere. It seems to be classed with the other second-generation antihistamines like loratidine (Claritin), which the article suggests switching to if you are using Benadryl.

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Date:February 18th, 2015 03:52 am (UTC)
That is good to know.
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