Reducing the Anticholinergic Burden

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Medicines with anticholinergic effects are commonly used by older people for many clinical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, depression and urinary incontinence, among others. However, taking one or more anticholinergic medicines can potentially result in severe consequences such as falls, cognitive decline and even death. In this lecture, pharmacist Dr Jenny Gowan discusses the impacts of anticholinergic medicines on health outcomes and provides strategies for reducing these risks.


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Dr Jenny Gowan is a practising pharmacist, adjunct senior lecturer at Monash University and clinical associate at RMIT University. She has published over 500 educational articles, has copious experience in presentations and lectures and runs a consulting pharmacy company. Jenny was awarded the 2013 PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year award and the 2016 AACP-MIMs Consultant Pharmacist of the Year Award. In 2024, she received recognition as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine as a pharmacist, to professional societies and to community health.
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First Published07 December 2022
Updated07 December 2022
07 December 2024
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