Common Drugs May Raise Dementia Risk

Common Drugs May Raise Dementia Risk

New research links certain common drugs — specifically, some classes of anticholinergic medication used to treat depression, Parkinson’s, and bladder problems — to an increased risk of dementia. The study, published April 25, 2018, in the journal The BMJ, looked at 40,770 people with dementia and 283,933 without dementia, all age 65 or older. Researchers found that patients who used certain types of anticholinergics had as much as a 30 percent increased risk of developing dementia. “This is the largest study to date that links anticholinergic drugs with long-term cognitive consequences, such as increasing the risk for dementia,” says Daniel...

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