UF study: Starting certain medications may lead to faster memory loss in older adults

1:31 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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Gainesville, Florida -- A new study from the University of Florida reveals certain medicines designed to help with chronic health conditions may speed memory loss in older adults.

The study shows medications containing anticholinergics -- most commonly used in painkillers, antidepressants, overactive bladder medications and antihistamines -- blocks a neurotransmitter that plays a role in learning and memory.

Researchers found when older adults started taking drugs with this ingredient their memory loss accelerated -- at a rate 2.9 times faster than before they were taking the drugs. 

Researchers also learned during the study that those who were considered "chronic users" weren't the most impaired, it was the people who began using the medications after enrolling in the study, indicating that "those who started taking the medications earlier in their lives had an easier time acclimating to the effects over a longer period".

You can read the full report on this study here.