Some antidepressants may be linked to dementia

Some antidepressants may be linked to dementiaLong-term use of certain anti-depressants have been linked to dementia in a large British study, researchers said Thursday, though they could not definitively conclude that the drugs were the cause. The study in more than 300,000 people in Britain found that those diagnosed with dementia were almost a third more likely to have been prescribed so-called anticholinergic medicines to treat depression and certain bladder conditions between four and 20 years earlier. “What we don’t know for sure is whether the medication is the cause” of the dementia, said George Savva from the University of East Anglia’s School of Health Science.



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