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Using narcotics instead of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs means more falls

Here’s the dilemma… Guidelines formed by the American Heart Association and supported by various geriatric groups have stated that doctors should use narcotic analgesics instead of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to treat arthritis.

This is because of the data indicating the increased risk from cardiovascular events due to NSAIDS.

What has happened since then is a marked increase in numbers of falls, elderly-person-with-a-fallfractures, and premature deaths in elderly arthritis patients. This according to a study from the Geisinger Clinic.

Practically speaking, the mortality rate for people past the age of 65 is much higher from hip fracture than it is from heart attack.

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