Some Meds Might Increase Fracture Risk
If you’ve fallen and broken a bone recently or feel unsteady on your feet, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether your medications put you at higher risk for a fracture. Here’s why: In a study of 168,133 Medicare beneficiaries who survived a hip, wrist, or upper arm fracture, three-quarters were using at least one drug that raised the risk of fracture—for instance, by decreasing bone density or increasing dizziness and, as a result, the risk of falls. Complications from broken bones can be serious, resulting in depression, infection, and an overall decline in your ability to function. Ask your provider about the risks and benefits of the medications you’re taking that may be associated with falls and bone loss.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, published online Aug. 22, 2016