Over-use of anti-depressants can lead to dementia, says new study
If you are someone who takes anti-depressants as a matter of habit, do read this.
A recent study has found that over-use of anti-depressants can cause dementia. This is even the case with people who used them regularly decades back.
Anticholinergics are present in most of anti-depressants. This is what leads to dementia. But just how anticholinergics cause dementia was not clear.
Researchers monitored over 27 million prescriptions over many years. Over 40,000 thousand patients with dementia over the age of 65 years were a part of the study.
Researchers found out that those who took medicines for depression regularly over the years had a higher risk of dementia.
Experts assert that physicians must be more careful while prescribing anti-depressant drugs to their patients. If there are alternative options to treat depression, these must be explored first.
Today, there are more than 350 million people with depression across the world. Hence, healthy ways of treating to depression is the need of the hour.