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Drugs with anticholinergic properties harmful in the elderly

KEY POINT

A large cohort study concluded that chronic use of drugs with anticholinergic properties in the elderly resulted in a decline in cognitive function and an increased risk of dementia.

SOURCES

Carriere I et al. Drugs with anticholinergic properties, cognitive decline, and dementia in an elderly general population. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169:1317–24. 

Campbell N et al. The cognitive impact of anticholinergics: a clinical review. Clin Interv Aging. 2009;4:225–33.