Avoiding risky medications in the elderly

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You probably know that medications can provide many benefits. However, certain medications can be dangerous to those 65 years of age or older. These medications have an increased risk of serious and sometimes even deadly side effects. A listing of the most-prescribed high-risk medications can be found by clicking here.

These medications could potentially increase risk for falling, and certain cancers;decrease brain function, impair kidney function, cause sleepiness, urinary retention and weakness. Some of these medications may also not be very effective. Studies link these prescription drugs with hospitalization, increased length of hospital stay, longer illness, increased costs, nursing home placement and falls and fractures. Talk to your doctor if you or a loved one 65 years of age or older are taking one of these medications. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a safer medicine that works just as well.

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