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More elderly take drugs that can lead to falls

If you are 65 or older, you probably take at least one prescription drug, possibly several, as well as over-the-counter medications. These may include drugs that lower blood pressure, improve mood, prevent seizures or fight allergies, among others. While there are good reasons to use them, experts say that many of them also can raise the risk of potentially dangerous falls. “These drugs are doing what they are supposed to be doing, but also are working off target,” says Amy Shaver, a postdoctora