Anticholinergic drugs, such as medicines for stomach cramps, ulcers, motion sickness and urinary incontinence may cause older people to experience greater decline in their thinking skills than people not taking the drugs. The study looked at the effects of taking a medication with anticholinergic properties on the annual change in thinking abilities of who were averages of 75 years old. During the study, 679 people took at least one medication with anticholinergic properties. The study found those people who took anticholinergic drugs saw their rate of cognitive function decline 1.5 times as fast as those people who did not take the drugs. Anticholinergic drugs having an adverse impact on cognitive performance in normal than, older people. More research is needed to determine the mechanism behind the rapid memory loss apparently associated with anticholinergic drugs and to identify which drugs, in particular, may be more likely to impair cognition.
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