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Saturday 25 November 2017

Injury risk for people who take medicines

PEOPLE who take two or more prescription drugs could be twice as likely to fall over regardless of their age, research suggests.

Young and middle-aged people seem to have a similar risk of falling over at home as elderly people due to medicine use, says a study in the journal Injury Prevention.

Drugs to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol were the most likely to be linked to unintentional falls, although this could be due to the underlying health conditions rather than the medicines.

The research involved more than 340 people who died or needed admission to hospital within 48 hours of a fall.

These cases were compared with 350 people randomly selected from the electoral register in New Zealand.

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