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Common drugs cause mental and physical decline in the elderly
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As we've always said, it's not necessarily old age

As we've always said, it's not necessarily old age. The drugs the elderly take can cause the usual signs of ageing, such as unsteadiness, memory loss and incontinence. And this has been demonstrated in a new study that has found anti-cholinergic drugs-for treating asthma, high blood pressure, insomnia, dizziness and diarrhea-cause a 'significant' decline in mental and physical functions in the elderly.
Elderly people taking the drugs will find it difficult to walk around, feed themselves, wash and get dressed, say researchers at the University of East Anglia.
Doctors who are giving anti-cholinergic drugs to older patients already showing signs of dementia should review the prescription, they say. The drugs are also available over-the-counter (without a prescription) and so family members may need to monitor the drugs their elderly relatives are taking.
The researchers highlighted the dangers of the drugs after they reviewed 45 studies that had involved 60,944 patients.
(Source: Age and Ageing, 2014; doi: 10.1093/ageing/afu096)

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