Study data published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reveal that prolonged use of antiepileptic drugs can elevate the risks of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, ScienceDaily reported Monday.
"More research should be conducted into the long-term cognitive effects of these drugs, especially among older people," remarked study author Heidi Taipale.
In the study, the researchers analysed data from German and Finnish registries of patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia and their respective controls.
The investigators found that continuous use of antiepileptic drugs for more than one year was associated with a 15-percent increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and a 30-percent increased risk of dementia.
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