Drugs and falls

Research in the Netherlands has shown that older people with dementia who are taking two or more different medications are three times more likely to fall. This is particularly so if  antidepressents are taken. It was thought that SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) antidepressents did not carry the same risk as earlier ones, they carry the same risk which is increased if sedatives are given as well.

Doctors should take note of these risks and take caren before prescribing such medication.