Antidepressant changes may contribute to SNF Resident Falls
This article from Long Term Living informs us about how nursng home residents may be at risk of falling after starting a new antidepressant prescription or having their current prescribed dose increased.
The study, published online in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, found that nursing home residents have a fivefold increased risk of falling within two days of a new prescription for or an increased dose of a non-SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant such as bupropion or venlafaxine. Researchers said these findings suggest that nursing home staff should closely monitor residents following a prescription change to prevent potential falls.
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