Antidepressants may be harmful to older patients

August 2, 2011

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.

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