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Forgetfulness may really be drug side effect

February 6, 2006

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AGING Cognitive impairment in older people often diagnosed as Alzheimer's disease may actually be caused by overuse of drugs commonly prescribed for hypertension, arrhythmia, incontinence, and Parkinson's disease. In high doses, these and similar classes of drugs can have so-called anticholinergic effects, inhibiting the central and peripheral nervous systems, causing such problems as short-term memory loss, incoherent speech, and an ... (Full article: 895 words)

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