073 Anticholinergic Medications and Protecting Brain Health


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By Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, Leslie Kernisan, and MD MPH. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

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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