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Implications of anti-cholinergic effects of medicines in older women


Many common medicines used by older people have anticholinergic effects – such as dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision, and confusion. This study will establish the role of “anticholinergic burden” from medicines in risk for serious adverse health outcomes in older women, using Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health data. The findings will have important implications for prescribing practice and for prevention of disability and adverse events among community-living older people.