DTB: Vol 21, No 2. April - May 2013

Multicasuality of falls and the role of drugs

Falls are especially frequent at the extreme ages of life. In elderly people they usually involve important morbidity, loss in quality of life and ultimately, increase in mortality. Some medications are associated with an increase in the incidence of falls in the elderly (especially benzodiazepines, other hypnotics, antidepressants, or antipsychotics). Prudence when prescribing is paramount. Only a few interventions have proven effective. Adapted exercises for each individual, and a multifactorial approach including precautionary withdrawal of some medication should be considered.

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