Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Giving older people psychiatric meds tied to falls, sorta

Researchers at the University of Michigan's School of Nursing have found that a moderate increase in depressive symptoms among people over 65 was associated with a 30% increase in the likelihood of falling over the next two years from first date of measurement.

Why? They say it's may reflect a greater use of psychiatric medications.

Still, they backed continued use of such medication while improving the monitoring of fall risk.

The depressive symptoms and presumably the medication came before the falls, though.

I found their ultimate conclusions pretty wishy-washy.

--Older adults should stay active and reduce risks of falls.

--If you are depressed, talk to a family member or your doctor about it.

--Doctors should dispense big drugs carefully at proper doses. Duh. I would add--they should also discuss side efx with the patient and family or caregivers.

A third of Americans over 65 fall at least once a year.

Big, woozy-making drugs cannot be helping.

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