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Certain common medications tied to 30% higher dementia risk, study finds
by Mark Lieber
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25 April 2018
On 25 April 2018 CNN reported:
Many older adults know that long-term use of certain medications can negatively affect cognition and increase one's risk of dementia. But a new study suggests that some classes of anticholinergic drugs -- particularly those used to treat depression, Parkinson's, and urinary incontinence -- carry a higher risk than others. The researchers found that people who used certain types of anticholinergics . . . for a year or more had about a 30% increased risk of developing dementia down the road.
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Anticholinergic drugs function by blocking the effects of acetylcholine, a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerves and muscles. They are prescribed to 20% to 50% of older adults in the United States to treat a variety of neurological, psychiatric, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and muscular conditions, according to a 2009 study. In the UK, 34% to 48% of older adults take them, another study found.
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