Recent stories, including one this week by Washington Post, have highlighted the possible impact of anticholinergic medications on dementia.
Some studies note that these medications may have negative side effects that mimic dementia in older adults. Others show a possible increase in dementia risk when taking strong anticholinergics long-term. However, more research is needed to understand this potential link.
It’s important to speak with your doctor about all your medications regularly, discussing potential benefits, risks, and interactions, to help manage your health over time.
To learn more about medications and Alzheimer’s disease, view UCI MIND’s recent Facebook LIVE episode with Steven Tam, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and UCI Health Geriatrician.