Antidepressants may be harmful to older patients


August 2, 2011 2:29:54 PM PDT
New research suggests medications commonly used to treat depression in younger people may not be so safe for older patients.

The study reviewed data on more than 60,000 English patients over the age of 65.

Researchers say those taking the most commonly prescribed antidepressants known as SSRIs were at a 66 percent greater risk for falls.

The British Medical Journal report also finds patients on other medications had an increased risk of death, attempted suicide, stroke and fractures.

Because the findings are based on observations, authors are uncertain about the effects of the drugs, or whether these drugs are interacting with other medications.