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Alzheimers Q&A: What are anticholinergics, and do they increase the risk of dementia?

Anticholinergics are a type of medication that blocks the action of a neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger in the brain known as acetylcholine.

Acetylcholine is responsible for transferring signals between certain cells that affect specific bodily functions. Anticholinergics can affect a variety of functions, including digestion, urination, salivation and movement, and they can help treat many conditions.

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