Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may
be able to continue taking their medications without risking cognitive decline, new evidence
suggests. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest health news. In spite of recent concerns, a new study found
that PD patients taking anticholinergic medications were not at an increased risk of developing
dementia. Previous studies have suggested a greater risk of dementia, in particular
Alzheimer’s disease AD, among patients who use anticholinergics regularly. Anticholinergics
are a class of medications commonly used to treat diseases like PD, asthma, bladder dysfunction,
and COPD. These drugs help block the involuntary muscle spasms caused by these conditions.
Speak to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any medication you may be taking.