“Even at low dosages, psychotropic drugs are associated with increased fall risk,” wrote Carolyn Shanty Sterke, M.D., of the Section of Geriatric Medicine at Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, and colleagues, in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (online January 19).
In the two-year study, the absolute daily risk of an injury-producing fall tripled from 0.09 percent per day to 0.28 percent among SSRI users. “Physicians should be cautious in prescribing SSRIs to older people with dementia, even at low doses,” said Sterke.
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