In this series, we will provide information on falls and what can be done to prevent them from leading authorities like the Centers for Disease Control.
Sedatives, anti-depressants, and anti-psychotic drugs can contribute to falls by reducing mental alertness, worsening balance and gait, and causing drops in systolic blood pressure while standing. Additionally, people taking multiple medications are at greater risk of falling.
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- Know the common side effects of all medications taken.
- Talk with your physician or pharmacist about ways to reduce your chances of falling by using the lowest effective dosage, regularly assessing the need for continued medication, and the need for walking aids while taking medications that affect balance.
- Remove all out-of-date medications and those no longer in use.
- Have a physician or pharmacist conduct a “brown bag” medicine review of all current medications.
- Limit intake of alcohol as it may interact with medications.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control, Colorado State University
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