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Drugs taken by millions for incontinence, depression and Parkinson’s may increase risk of dementia, finds study | The Independent

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Anticholinergics control involuntary muscle contractions but have a significant impact on memory function

Drugs used by millions of people to treat bladder problems or depression may increase their risk of developing dementia in later life by as much as a third, UK researchers have warned.

As many as two million people in England are being prescribed anticholinergic medications to control muscle contractions or help their mental health conditions, but which might actually cause mental declines later on.

Doctors have known for a while that these drugs can impair memory function and attention while they are being taken and can cause a sharp decline in the condition of older people.

However, new research led by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests that the taking them for over a year could increase the likelihood of people developing dementia up to 20 years later.

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