Fracture risk rises with BP drugs

The risk of falls and hip fractures spikes sharply after initiating antihypertensive therapy in elderly patients, research shows, triggering calls for more cautious prescribing.

The 10-year study of 300,000 elderly Canadians found the risk of hip fracture rose 43% in the first 45 days of antihypertensive treatment, compared to before or after that period.

The drugs were known to cause orthostatic hypotension, with dizziness, fainting, or syncope leading to hip fractures, the study authors wrote