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Some antidepressants linked to dementia risk

Some antidepressants and bladder medicines could be linked to dementia, according to a team of scientists who are calling for doctors to think about “de-prescribing” them where possible.

Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline, which are also prescribed for pain and to help with sleeping, and one of the SSRI class, paroxetine (also known as Seroxat), are implicated by the largest ever study to look at this possible risk.

Amitriptyline was in the news in February, named as the most effective of the antidepressants in a study. Some Parkinson’s drugs are also linked to a raised dementia risk.

As a group, these are known as anticholinergic drugs. There are 1.5 to…

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