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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Manage Your Medications

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  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Medications include prescriptions, over-the-counter pills, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
  • Medications that help you relax, sleep, or improve your mood can increase your risk of falling.
  • Some medications may cause a drop in blood pressure which can incr​ease your risk of falling (See Managing Blood Pressure)
  • Watch out for cold and flu medications you buy over-the-counter as some can make you drowsy.

Learn more about cold and flu medication (video)


Take Action

  • Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse practitioner to check all your medications at least once a year. They can help make sure you are taking only what you need.
  • If your medications make you drowsy or dizzy, tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse practitioner. They can sometimes prescribe a different medication that does not have those side effects.
  • Talk about possible interactions of alcohol and medications. Alcohol and medications increase your risk of falling.
  • Never take anyone else’s medications.
  • If you have questions about how to take your medications, talk to your healthcare provider. Be sure to ask about the effect of a new medication on food or other medications.
  • If you take medications for diabetes, talk to your doctor about how to manage your blood sugar overnight.

Watch this video to learn more about taking medications safely.



To learn more about your risk of falling complete the “Is there a chance you might fall?” checklist.​

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Current as of: June 30, 2019

Author: Fall Risk Management Program