Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, May 18th, 2003
Use of medications that are active in the brain and spinal cord (i.e., the central nervous system or CNS) can impair alertness and neuromuscular function and may increase the risk of falls and fractures in older individuals.
Kristine E. Ensrud, MD, MPH, of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, and colleagues investigated whether the use of CNS active medications including benzodiazepines, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and narcotics, increases the fracture risk in older, community-dwelling women.
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