28 January 2015

Common medications are the cause of dementia?

Anti-allergic drugs increase the risk of developing dementia

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Researchers from the University of Washington have found that anticholinergic drugs, such as allergy remedies, urinary incontinence and some antidepressants, increase the risk of developing dementia. The results of the study are published in the journal Jama Internal Medicine: Gray et al., Cumulative Use of Strong Anticholinergics and Incident Dementia (a press release Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs is published on the website of the Group Health Research Institute - VM).

Of the 3,434 patients aged 65 years and older, 637 study participants were diagnosed with dementia and 160 with Alzheimer's disease during the seven–year follow-up. The results of the study showed that those patients who used high doses of anticholinergic drugs during the study period had a higher risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease by 54 and 63 percent, respectively, compared with those who did not take them.

People suffering from Alzheimer's disease have a deficiency of acetylcholine, so drugs that block this neurotransmitter can potentially contribute to the development of this disease.

Since many drugs from the group of anticholinergetics are prescribed to elderly people, the authors of the article emphasize the need to assess the possible risks and benefits of taking such drugs. However, additional studies are still needed to confirm the findings in more patients.

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