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Antidepressants and benzodiazepines are linked to hip fracture in elderly people, finds study

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1237 (Published 09 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1237
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Older people with hip fracture are more likely to be taking antidepressants or benzodiazepines than the general elderly population, an observational study has found.

Hip fractures are very common in older people, and drugs that impair balance, such as psychotropic agents, are one risk factor. Previous studies have shown increased risk of falls and hip fractures in older people taking antidepressants but have …

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