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Falls, hip fracture, antidepressants . . . and other stories

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 24 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l241

Antidepressants and hip fracture

It’s widely believed that starting elderly people on antidepressants exposes them to an increased risk of falls and hip fracture. A large study from Sweden finds that this isn’t a straightforward story of cause and effect (JAMA Psych doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.3679). More than 200 000 people aged 65 and over who had been prescribed antidepressants were matched by birth year and sex to controls. Hip fractures were more than twice as common in people who had used antidepressants than they were in non-users. However, the increase in risk was as high during the year …

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