073 Anticholinergic Medications and Protecting Brain Health


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In This Episode:

Dr. K explains what older adults and families should know about anticholinergic medications and their negative impact on brain health. Many commonly used over-the-counter and prescription medications are anticholinergic, and on the Beer’s List of Medications Older Adults Should Avoid or Use With Caution. She covers:

  • What it means for a medication to be anticholinergic
  • The evidence linking anticholinergics with confusion, delirium, and dementia
  • Seven commonly used types of medication that are quite anticholinergic
  • Why it’s important to minimize anticholinergics if you’re worried about memory or have been diagnosed dementia
  • How you can determine whether you or your parent’s medications are anticholinergic
  • What to do, if you or an older person you care for is taking an anticholinergic medication

Related episode:

046 Interview: Deprescribing & Reducing Risky Medications in Aging

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