Some over-the-counter meds linked to dementia risk

ABC News' Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares what to do if you are taking any of the medications identified in the new study that found a link to an increased risk of dementia.
1:32 | 06/25/19

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We go to a "Gma" health alert. A new study is linking certain drugs including some popular over-the-counter medications to an increased risk of dementia. Dr. Jen Ashton is here with the latest and, doc, this is a scary headline. Here's the actual study, Michael. It appeared in the journal of the American medical association done in England with people 55 years of age or older followed them over time to see who developed dementia and looked at a very specific class of medication called anti-colonergics and increased associated Rick of developing dementia with this class. Take a look at this list. This is a big class of drugs. These medications can be used to treat psychosis, depression, bladder issues and those are available over the counter in some cases and end leapt soy. Not cost and effect but strong association. If you think you may be on one of those medications you should ask your doctor or pharmacist. What should you do? I like this study because it reminds us we always have to balance risk versus benefit versus option when we talk about any therapies so if you're on one of these medications do not abruptly stop it without talking to your health care provider and, again, I think we have to remember that up to 35% of dementia cases may be, in fact, preventable with lifestyle modifications so, again, want to not smoke, keep your weight in the healthy range and be as active as possible when you talk about older adults. This class of medication is significant. All right, doc, thank you so much. How fans of Billie eilish

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