Antipsychotics Cause Huge Increase in Falls for Elder Adults

A new study has found a 52% increase in falls for elderly people who take an antipsychotic drug, whether they live in a nursing home or some other place. Antipsychotics were also found associated with a 50% increase in serious falls, where a bone is fractured. The enormous increase in falls was realized in just 90 days of taking the antipsychotic. Researchers have long associated antipsychotics with gait problems, loss of balance, reduced physical activity, increased falls, and deaths.


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Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for CANHR. His areas of expertise include the rights of long-term care residents, nursing home litigation, health care decision-making, and conservatorships.
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