It’s possible, but not proven, that some anticholinergic drugs increase the risk of dementia - Pam Belluck


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

These medications work by blocking a chemical called acetylcholine, which acts as a neurotransmitter and is involved in many nervous system functions including muscle movements, heart rate, the widening of blood vessels, respiratory functions and muscle contractions in the stomach during digestion.

Older adults are more likely to be prescribed many of these medications, simply because they tend to have more health issues. Some experts say that because people produce less acetylcholine as they age, drugs that inhibit that neurochemical can have a stronger effect on older people.

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

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