Drugs trigger Alzheimer's?

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Certain common medications can trigger or slow Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers.

A Mount Sinai Medical Center team in New York used a computer algorithm on 1,600 medications to determine which are associated with blocking or stimulating amyloid beta, an Alzheimer's hallmark.

About 800 drugs reduced amyloid beta, and about 240 promoted it, the researchers found. 

Experiments showed some blood pressure drugs, such as furosemide (Lasix), promote amyloid beta, while others, particularly carvedilol (Coreg), hold promise as Alzheimer's drugs.