Commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medicines including antidepressants and antihistamines, have been strongly linked to an increased risk of dementia, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. All the drugs studied have what researchers call an “anticholinergic” effect, meaning they work by blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and peripheral nervous system. Higher doses and prolonged use of the medications were linked to a higher risk in the elderly. The study did not specify brand names of medications involved in the research, but it does identify the types of drugs studied. They include tricyclic antidepressants; ... Read More
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