A common form of prescription drugs increases the risk of senile dementia by almost 50%. We are talking about anticholinergic drugs that are used to treat epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, depression, and in some cases, incontinence. British researchers during observations of more than 280,000 people tried to find out how certain drugs affect the risk of dementia. It turned out that this memory depriving disorder is more common in people who receive prescriptions for these drugs.
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The authors of the study believe that the cause of this may be damage to nerve cells during exposure to drugs. Although this kind of drugs are prescribed with caution to people of middle and older age, the risk still remains. However, scientists urge patients receiving anticholinergic drugs not to refuse to take them on their own. However, if further studies show a direct causal link, then 10% of all cases of senile dementia will be explained precisely by the effects of these drugs.
Researchers from the University of Nottingham have obtained data for decades of observation of patients over 55 years old. Nearly 59,000 of them have experienced senile dementia at some time in their lives. 11 years before the onset of the first symptoms, 56% of patients or 3,253 people received prescriptions for anticholinergic drugs.