Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Depression drugs prescribed for dementia patients causing falls

The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reports that the risk of injuries from elder falls has tripled. The Alzheimer's Society has since called for more research into alternative treatments.Dr. Carolyn Sterke recorded the daily drug use and records of nursing home falls in 248 nursing home residents over a two-year period. The average age of the patients in the study was 82. The records suggested that 152 of them had suffered a total of 683 falls.The consequences of falls were substantial. More than 200 cases resulted in injuries, including hip fractures and other broken bones. One resident died following a fall.
Depression drugs prescribed for dementia patients causing falls - Health & Wellness - Catholic Online

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