Seniors more likely to fall when taking opioids after hospital treatment: Study

Seniors more likely to fall when taking opioids after hospital treatment: Study

Seniors recovering from trauma after being admitted to hospitals may be more likely to have falls when taking prescribed opioids , according to a new study. While opioids are commonly used to manage acute pain, they can have harmful side effects, particularly for seniors. In this study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, those who had filled an opioid prescription within two weeks preceding their injuries were 2.4 times more likely to have suffered a fall. The study looked at a decade of hospital records, between 2004 and 2014, for almost 68,000 people older than 65 in...

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