The study was published on June 24 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine .
The researchers determined that this was an observational study, so it can not be proven that anticholinergic drugs help dementia. For example, it is possible that the drugs were prescribed to dementia patients for the treatment of very early disease symptoms.
However, when anticholinergics contribute to dementia, about 10% of dementia cases can be attributed to it
At least, "this study provides further evidence that physicians should be cautious about prescribing certain anticholinergic drugs" The co-author of the study, Tom Dening, director of the Nottingham Center for Dementia, said in a press release from the university.
He emphasized, however, that "it is important that patients taking medications of this kind do not abruptly stop them, as this can be much more harmful." If patients have concerns, then you should discuss them with their doctor to discuss this Pros and cons of the treatment they receive. "
And Coupland emphasized that" the risks of these types of medicines should be carefully weighed by the health care professionals, in addition to the benefits when the medications are prescribed. "In some cases "If possible, consideration should be given to alternative therapies, such as other types of antidepressants or alternative therapies for bladder conditions," she said before the age of 80, indicating that anticholinergics should be used with caution in both middle and older people , "
Dr. Gayatrii Devi is a neurologist specializing in memory disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who believes that many people are too light on anticholinergics for sleep disorders.
" There is a growing epidemic of trust in sleep medication , from benzodiazepines, including drugs like Ambien and Xanax, to anticholinergic drugs, which are commonly available in the marketplace for sleeping pills to shut us off at night, "she said.
Devi believes there are other behaviors to help him sleep well
"Ideally we want to return to something that we have been born experts in sleeping," said Devi, "without sleeping pills. "