Do antidepressants increase the risk of falls in elderly patients with major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Most classes of medications have been associated with an increased risk of falls in elderly patients, especially the frail elderly. Furthermore, results from a study by Andreescu et al suggest that high levels of worry in elderly patients with depression were associated with slower response to pharmacotherapy and earlier recurrence. [203]


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