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Antidepressant use in Alzheimer’s disease increases risk for head injury, TBI

Antidepressant use in Alzheimer’s disease increases risk for head injury, TBI
August 21, 2017

Risks for head injuries and traumatic brain injuries were significantly higher among adults newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease who recently began using antidepressants.

“Among older persons, antidepressant use has been frequently associated with an increased risk of falls, injurious falls like fractures, and hip fractures. In addition, the risk for head and brain injuries increases with aging,” Heidi Taipale, PhD, of University of Eastern Finland, and colleagues wrote.

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