A new study found that older adults prescribed antidepressants, bladder antimuscarinics, antipsychotics and antiepileptic drugs are at higher risk of being diagnosed with dementia. published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday, confirms previous research linking prescription drugs and dementia.
According to this new research, an adult who took an anticholinergic medication daily for at least three years had a 50% higher chance of being diagnosed with dementia.
"The study is important because of the strengths of evidence showing that strong anticholinergic drugs have long term associations with dementia risk," Carol Coupland, professor of medical statistics in the primary care at the University of Nottingham who co -wrote the study, said.
"It also highlights which types of anticholinergic drugs have the strongest associations. This is important information for physicians to know when considering whether to write these drugs, "she said, adding" this is an observational study so far, can be drawn about whether these anticholinergic drugs cause dementia. "
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