Anticholinergic Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

Photo obtained from https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/common-anticholinergic-drugs-like-benadryl-linked-increased-dementia-

Anticholinergic drugs have been on the market for decades.  If you have seasonal allergies, you've likely taken a medication that falls into this class. Anticholinergics are also commonly prescribed for overactive bladder (OAB), but in recent years medical providers have started shifting away from this class of drugs toward other treatments that may be better for long and short-term memory. 

Myrbetriq is one such medication for OAB that is not an anticholinergic.  This medication targets the smooth muscle around the bladder to prevent unwanted bladder spasms and improve bladder capacity.  Other OAB treatments that do not increase a patient's risk for cognitive dysfunction and memory problems include Botox injections, acupuncture, and biofeedback or physical therapy. 

For more information about OAB management, make an appointment with a provider at The Clark Center today!

 

*Photo obtained from https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/common-anticholinergic-drugs-like-benadryl-linked-increased-dementia-risk-201501287667

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