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Study finds association between certain prescription drugs and dementia

June 25, 2019 - 12:30 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Scientists say a good thing can sometimes lead to a bad thing.

Prescription drugs including anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and anti-epileptics are good for treating certain disorders. However, ABC Medical Reporter Dr. Jennifer Ashton says people taking these drugs for at least three years are nearly 50 percent more likely to develop dementia.

"A very large study in England with people 55 years of age or older followed them over time to see who developed dementia and looked at a very specific class of medication called anticholinergics and yet another study that showed an increased associated risk of developing dementia with this class," Ashton said.

Researchers are not claiming there is a cause and effect., just an association.

People taking such medications are advised not to stop them without consulting a physician.

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