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Warning over combining common medicines for elderly

Taking multiple common drugs has been linked to brain decline and death, according to new research.

Combinations of commonly used drugs - for conditions such as heart disease, depression and allergies - have been linked to a greater risk of death and declining brain function by scientists.

They said half of people over 65 were prescribed these drugs.

Dr Chris Fox, who led the research at the University of East Anglia, said: "Clinicians should conduct regular reviews of the medication taken by their older patients, both prescribed and over the counter, and wherever possible avoid prescribing multiple drugs with anticholinergic effects."