Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

11. Can medications increase my risk of falling?

People who take at least four prescription drugs have a greater risk of falling than do people who take fewer drugs. Sometimes the increased risk comes from the health problems for which the person takes the medications. In other cases, the effects of the medications themselves increase a person's risk of falls.

Certain medications cause side effects like dizziness, confusion, and sleepiness that increase a person's risk of falling. Some medications don't work well together and may cause problems that lead to falls.

If you think your medicines are causing problems, be sure to talk with your doctor about your risk of falls from medications. Don't stop taking them unless you talk with your doctor first.