Antiepileptic drugs increase risk of Alzheimer's and dementia - (ScienceDaily via NewsPoints Desk)

  • 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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