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Exposure to anticholinergic drugs may increase the risk of dementia

KEY POINT

Commonly used anticholinergic drugs were associated with an increased risk of dementia in older adults, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

SOURCES

Coupland CAC, et al. Anticholinergic drug exposure and the risk of dementia: a nested case-control study. JAMA Intern Med. 2019;[Epub ahead of print].

Campbell NL, et al. Preventing Alzheimer disease by deprescribing anticholinergic medications. JAMA Intern Med. 2019;[Epub ahead of print].

American Geriatrics Society Beers Criteria Update Expert Panel. American Geriatrics Society 2019 updated AGS Beers Criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019;67(4):674–94.