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Wanna reduce your risk of falling?

Look in your medicine cfabinet.

According to a study that examined data on deaths due to falls and prescription fills among Americans 65 and older and which was published in the journal, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, nearly every adult (94 % to be more precise) in this database was prescribed a prescription drug in 1917 that increased their risk of falling.

Yikes!

This was, according to the researchers, a significant (bit of an under-statement) leap from 57% in 1999.

And what kind of drugs were these, I suppose you will ask.

Easy: Nearly everything can raise the risk of falls, especially any drug that has a potential neurological or brain effect (or side effect), most commonly antidepressants, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, high blood pressure meds, opioids, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and many others.

And if you think you’re safe with drugs you can purchase on your own, you’d be advised to remember that many OTC meds also have central nervous system side effects, such as anti-histamines, for example.

Just remember if you’re a senior: You really don’t want to risk a fall, so be very cautious when starting on some new prescription (or drug you bought yourself).