3 Types of Drugs Increase Risk of Falls by Older Adults

Some drugs commonly prescribed to the elderly either at home or in long-term- care facilities raise the risk of falls, according to researchers who analyzed 22 studies that included almost 80,000 people age 60 and older. Three classes of drugs that raised the risk of falls most significantly were sedatives and hypnotics, such as sleeping aids; antidepressants; and benzodiazepines, such as Xanax. The author of the study advised that older people who are taking any of the drugs associated with falls should talk about the medication with their physician and their pharmacist. (Source: Archives for Internal Medicine, November 23, 2009).