Can bladder medications increase the possibility of developing dementia?

Scientific studies have found that some popular prescription and over-the-counter medicines have anticholinergic activity and can increase the possibility of developing dementia. Unfortunately, bladder medications are included in the list. We’ve popped a couple of articles from The Washington Post and The People’s Pharmacy in our Bladder Heath Centre for you to read.

If you have ‘overactive bladder,’ drugs may not be the best solution

The advertising of drugs for what is often called “overactive bladder” can make it seem as though medication is the key to curbing frequent bathroom breaks and bladder leaks. But is taking a drug the best solution for regaining control of your bladder?

What the ads may skip
Drug ads may leave out information you need before deciding whether to use a certain therapy, says Michael Hochman, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Read the full article here.


Are Your Drugs Raising Your Risk for Dementia?

Here we go again, with headlines that sound like they could be hype:

“Hay-fever drugs linked to Alzheimer’s” (Irish Independent)

“Over-the-counter pills could raise risk of Alzheimer’s: study” (New York Post)

“Common allergy, depression meds may increase odds of dementia” (CBS NEWS)

“Dementia ‘linked’ to common over-the-counter drugs” (BBC News Health)

These headlines are scary. Should you be concerned? In a word, yes!

Read the full article here.