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Certain Antidepressants Linked to Falls in Nursing Homes
Date:7/26/2011

f falls, the researchers noted.

However, Berry said, "these drugs are effective at treating the symptoms of depression, and many clinicians are reluctant to withhold their use based solely on a risk for falls."

Therefore, "nursing home staff should keep a watchful eye on residents in the days following a non-SSRI antidepressant change to prevent falls and clinicians should avoid making changes on weekends or during times when unfamiliar staff is present," Berry concluded in an institute news release.

More than one-third of the country's nearly 1.6 million nursing home residents take some type of antidepressant medication, the study authors pointed out.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine provides more information on antidepressants.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research, news release, July 15, 2011


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