A study of nursing home residents with dementia found that those who took an average dose of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (Zoloft and generic) had triple the risk of falls compared with residents who did not take the drugs. In fact, taking even a low dose was linked to a higher rate of falls according to a report in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Looking at the other side of the coin however, SSRI’s also have positive aspects. Quality of life can be enormously enhanced for people suffering from depression. SSRI’s provide the catalyst for many in their ability to feel better. They are also good for the heart. Studies have shown that after a heart attack, those people who begin taking an SSRI had subsequent less heart attacks. SSRI’s act like mild blood thinners which can protect the heart. As with any drug there can be positives and negatives. Depression and anxiety diminish quality of life.