Opioid use could increase risk of hip fracture in people with Alzheimer’s disease
Data reveal that moderate or strong opioids are linked with increased risk of falls and therefore hip fractures
People using moderate or strong opioid painkillers have a higher risk of sustaining a hip fracture than those not using opioids, new research has revealed. The objective of this study was to see if opioid use was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in people with Alzheimer’s disease living in the community.
The research team used data from 4,750 opioid users with Alzheimer’s disease matched with the same number of people with the disease, but not using opioids. They found that although weak opioids such as codeine and tramadol caused no problem, moderate strength opioids such as buprenorphine were associated with a two-fold increase in risk of hip fracture. Strong opioids,...
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