Chapter 39. Drugs and Falls

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine2,
  2. Paul Jansen3 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni4
  1. Nathalie van der Velde and
  2. Tischa J. M. van der Cammen

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch39

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

van der Velde, N. and van der Cammen, T. J. M. (2009) Drugs and Falls, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch39

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975



  • drugs and falls;
  • pathophysiology;
  • fall-risk-increasing drugs;
  • clinical approach;
  • treatment - drug withdrawal;
  • withdrawal of fall-risk-increasing drugs in older fallers – reducing fall incidents


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pathophysiology

  • Fall-risk-increasing drugs

  • Clinical approach

  • Treatment: drug withdrawal

  • Key points

  • References