People in the advanced stages of age tend to know local healthcare providers, like Bankstown podiatry, as they have a fair amount of issues to deal with, like simple falling, and ensuring that they take their medications in time.
A study conducted by a team from the University of South Australia decided to look into both, and their data showed that taking antidepressants or opioids increase the chances of falls and hip fractures, with certain combinations of medications increasing the risk by five times.
The study, which was published in the Australia Prescriber early June, looks at the link of hip fractures and fall injuries with the use of psychotropic drugs used for the treatment of anxiety, dementia, depression and pain. Conducted nation-wide, the study had a sample of 8,828 veteran affairs beneficiaries who suffered from a hip fracture, alongside 35,310 matched control subjects of the same age and gender range, examining medicine use and intake in the six months preceding the patients’ fracture incidents.
63% of the participants were women, with the average age sitting at 88.
According to the study antidepressants increase the risk of older people suffering from falls and/or hip fractures, with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and opioids being particularly risky, increasing the odds of suffering injuries far more than any other psychotropic medication.
Lead Researcher Professor Libby Roughead, Research Professor at the University of South Australia’s School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, noted how those particular medications doubled the risk of falling for people in their 80s. When used together, the risk is even greater. She added that they discovered that SSRI antidepressants, and opioids bring higher risks compared to medicines that have already been documented as increasing the risk of falling over.
Professor Roughead said that the idea of the study was to take into account other factors when prescribing medications, especially when two or three of them taken together can lead to negative side effects
She also suggests non-medication interventions, like consulting Bankstown podiatry, and/or exercise that improves balance, in order to cut down on the risks of falls and other injuries.