On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Friday, August 21, 2015.
Anticholinergics are a class of drug used to treat depression, insomnia and bladder problems. They often have been administered to patients in California who are recovering from a traumatic brain injury. However, new research has indicated that the drugs may actually interfere with the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with brain injuries.
Researchers in the United Kingdom studied patients with injuries to the brain or the spine who were treated in a neuro-rehabilitative hospital unit. Many of the patients were given anticholinergics for pain and urinary incontinence, common complications of injuries of the brain and spinal cord. However, the researchers found that the patients with higher level of anticholinergics stayed longer in the rehabilitation unit than patients with lower levels of the drugs.