Risk for Dementia May Increase With Long-Term Use of Certain Medicines

Can certain medications increase your risk of dementia?

new study suggests that people who take a class of common medicines called anticholinergic drugs for several years may be more likely to develop dementia as they age.

This is not a new hypothesis about these drugs, which are used to treat a wide range of conditions from depression to epilepsy to incontinence. But the study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, is large, and it analyzed the use of the medications in more detail and over a longer period of time than many previous studies.

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