Antidepressants taken by dementia patients lead to more falls

January 19, 2012 by , filed under: Senior Health 

Falls can lead to broken bones and hip fractures.

Antidepressants taken by Alzheimer’s patients could increase the risk of falls among the elderly, according to new research.

Scientists at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam found that people who take drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are three times more likely to suffer with falls that could lead to injury.

The Alzheimer’s Society said: “Two thirds of care home residents have dementia so it is worrying that a common antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), is causing increased risk to people with the condition.”

“More research is now needed to understand why this antidepressant is having this effect on people with dementia and if there is an alternative treatment for depression that they could be prescribed.”

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