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Tolterodine, solifenacin, oxybutynin use tied to increased risk of dementia

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Subsequent dementia is associated with taking tolterodine, solifenacin and particularly oxybutynin in patients with diabetes mellitus, a new study shows.

The study retrieved records of 10,938 patients who had received at least one type of oxybutynin, tolterodine or solifenacin from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. An age-, sex- and index date-matched control cohort was established on a 1:1 ratio. Those diagnosed with dementia before the index date or within 180 days were excluded.

Comorbidities included in the analysis were hypertension, lipid disorders, atrial fibrillation, chronic kidney diseases, coronary artery disease and heart failure.

Dementia was reported in 7,774 at the end of the follow-up period. For the oxybutynin, solifenacin and tolterodine groups, the 6-year dementia rates were 3.9, 4.3 and 2.2 percent, respectively. These rates were significantly different compared with the control group (1.2 percent; p<0.001).

After age- and sex-matching, only 2,540 patients were eligible for analysis. The 6-year dementia rates for this group decreased for oxybutynin (3.0 percent) and solifenacin (3.5 percent). Interestingly, the rate increased in controls (2.4 percent) to a level that was higher than that reported in tolterodine users (2.3 percent).

According to the failure curve, dementia was significantly more likely to occur in patients who took oxybutynin, solifenacin or tolterodine (p<0.001 for all).

After adjusting for confounders, the competing-risk regression model showed that those who received oxybutynin (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 2.35; 95 percent CI, 1.96 to 2.81), solifenacin (aHR, 2.16; 1.81 to 2.58) and tolterodine (aHR, 2.24; 1.85 to 2.73) were at higher risks of dementia, with death as the competing event. Of the three drugs, solifenacin showed the lowest risk.

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3 years ago

WHO (2012) estimates that around 450 million people suffer from mental illness, with one–in–four families having at least one member with a mental illness at any point in time. According to the Malaysian Mental Health Association, mental illness is often misunderstood. For centuries, it has been seen as either possession by evil spirits, a moral weakness or punishment from a higher being. Those suffering from mental illness are commonly perceived to be restless, violent and unpredictable.

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Orlistat, lorcaserin, naltrexone-bupropion, phentermine-topiramate, and liraglutide were effective in achieving weight loss among overweight and obese adults at 52 weeks, a recent study found. Phentermine-topiramate and liraglutide were associated with the highest odds of achieving at least 5 percent weight loss.
Radha Chitale, one year ago

Over 15 percent of lymphoma survivors who receive autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (auto-HCT) as adults suffer left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) and potential heart failure, new research shows.


one year ago
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 16 - 31 Dec 2015 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.