Can chronic antibiotic use cause cognitive decline?

  • A recent study found chronic midlife antibiotic use in women was linked to mild decreases in cognitive ability 7 years later.
  • Small decreases were seen in psychomotor speed, attention, working memory, and learning.
  • Future research is neccessary to confirm this association and investigate whether the changes in cognitive function can be reversed.

Written by Lori Uildriks PharmD, BCPS, BCGP on March 23, 2022

Fact checked by Hannah Flynn

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