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Anticholinergic Burden-Cumulative List

Anticholinergic Burden-Cumulative List

  1. Rob Cypher
    Reviewing the available literature strongly supports the increased risk of acute cognitive impairment and possibly chronic cognitive impairment in older adults using anticholinergic medications. While physicians are aware of the side effects of drugs within the anticholinergic category, many may not recognize the anticholinergic properties of new drugs to the market or those with indirect anticholinergic properties.

    To assist with the recognition of these medications, our interdisciplinary team developed the Anticholinergic Cognitive Burden (ACB) list as a practical tool that identifies the severity of anticholinergic effects on cognition of both prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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