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Multiple medications increase fall risk

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jan 18, 2012 7:23:00 AM

People who take at least two prescription medications are more than twice as likely to fall than those who take fewer drugs or none at all, according to a new report published in Injury Prevention.

The study, which looked at fall rates and medications in people between the ages of 25 and 60, was a follow up to previous research which had found that elderly people are twice as likely to fall if they are taking two or more prescriptions, according to The Telegraph.

It found that drugs designed to lower blood pressure and cholesterol appeared to triple the risk of a fall, according to HealthDay News. Asthma inhalers, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids and antidepressants did not increase fall risk.

"The findings signal a need for greater awareness of the association between prescription medications and falls in younger adults, whether this is due to the medications, underlying conditions or a combination of both related factors," the study authors said, according to the news source.

They added that these findings should be kept in mind when developing fall prevention programs.

Topics: Fall Prevention, Health News, Medication Management