Falls and Older Adults
Frequently Asked Questions
12. Should I talk with my doctor about changing my medications to help prevent falls?
Find out about the possible side effects of medicines you take. Some medications might affect your coordination or balance, or cause dizziness, confusion, or sleepiness. Some medications don't work well together, adding to your risk of falls.
It is important to talk with your doctor about your medications. Bring your prescribed medicines with you when you visit the doctor. Also bring any over-the-counter products, vitamins, minerals, and herbal products you are taking.Ask if any of the medications or other products might increase your risk of falling. Also ask if the doses of any of the medications need to be changed.
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