Dementia Could be Triggered by Common Everyday Drugs

If you are taking Oxybutynin (Ditropan), Amitriptyline (Elavil), or paroxetine hydrochloride hemihydrate (Seroxat), you might want to discuss findings reported in The Times of London today because long-term use of some antidepressants, bladder drugs and anti-Parkinson’s medication linked with thousands of dementia cases.

The Times reports that hundreds of thousands of people are taking routine medicines that increase their risk of dementia by up to a third, researchers have warned in a copyrighted article.

Common antidepressants, bladder drugs and anti-Parkinson’s medication account for tens of thousands of cases of dementia and doctors need to use them more sparingly, the most comprehensive study of its kind has found.

Millions of older people are on cocktails of pills and GPs must take more seriously attempts to get them off these medications, the authors said.

Regulators were examining the findings yesterday as experts said they underlined the need to be cautious about using drugs known as anticholinergics. These interrupt a neurotransmitter involved in regulating some of the body’s most basic functions, as well as playing a role in thinking and memory. They are widely used to treat conditions ranging from incontinence to hay fever.

Click HERE to read the entire article on The Times of London’s website