Drugs and Falls in Older People: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis: II. Cardiac and Analgesic Drugs

No association was found for the other classes of cardiac or analgesic drugs examined

Rosanne M. Leipzig; Robert G. Cumming; Mary E. Tinetti

2015

Scholarcy highlights

  • Digoxin, type IA antiarrhythmic, and diuretic use are associated weakly with falls in older adults
  • No association was found for the other classes of cardiac or analgesic drugs examined
  • Older adults taking more than three or four medications were at increased risk of recurrent falls
  • As a result of the incidence of falls and their consequences in this population, programs designed to decrease medication use should be evaluated for their impact on fall rates

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