French investigators suggest a strategy for reducing falls among older people. They found an elevated risk of falling among seniors taking long-acting anti-anxiety drugs such as Valium. Regular use of certain other medicines, particularly muscle relaxants and anti-spasmodic drugs, was also associated with an increased likelihood of falling. Short-acting anti-anxiety agents were not linked to falls in this elderly population.
[BMC Geriatrics, July 23, 2009]