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Medications that Increase Falls

Diuretics, blood pressure medication, non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs, anti-depressants, and beta-blockers, among others, all demonstrate a “significant association” with falls in older people.

On the positive side, research has revealed that older adults who take relatively larger daily doses of Vitamin D (700 to 1,000 IU) reduced their rate of falls by 19%. Smaller doses were not effective, though an optimal level has not yet been identified.

American Bone Health recommends 1,000-2,000 IUs of vitamin D daily particularly in the winter. Talk with your doctor about whether you should be tested for vitamin D deficiency.

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What to know about bone health
and fracture prevention during COVID-19

  • Remove fall dangers in your home.
  • Stay physically active, and at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Eat for proper nutrition, and take a supplement if needed to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Stick with your osteoporosis medicines and ask your doctor for extra if you’re unable to go to the pharmacy.
  • If you are due for Reclast, there is little concern about delaying for a few weeks or months.
  • If you take Prolia or Evenity injections, don’t miss your appointment.  Some facilities offer “drive-through” injections. Check with your doctor.
  • Bone density testing can be postponed, if necessary.
  • Speak with your doctor about the possibility of telephone and video visits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a page with steps you can take to reduce your risk of catching the virus if you have a chronic illness.

Be well. We are here for you if you have any questions.