Antidepressants linked to postoperative delirium in the elderly

Drug safety researchers also warn benzodiazepines may increase risk

Older patients on antidepressants have an increased risk of experiencing delirium after orthopaedic surgery, an Australian study suggests. 

Elderly patient in hospital

The research, conducted by experts in quality use of medicines from the University of SA, found a clear difference in the likelihood of delirium depending on the drugs being taken preoperatively.

In the government-funded study, the authors analysed Department of Veterans' Affairs data from more