By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who take depression and anxiety drugs shouldn’t be prescribed opioid painkillers by their dentist because it puts them at increased risk for problems, researchers warn.
They analyzed 2011-15 dental and medical data for 40,800 patients aged 65 and older across the United States. There were 947 emergency room visits and hospitalizations in the 30 days after a dental visit.
One in 10 of those who were prescribed opioids were also using medications that shouldn’t be taken with them. These patients were 23% more likely to visit the ER or require hospitalization within a month of the dental visit where they received the opioid prescription, the study found.
The longer they took the painkillers, the greater their risk. Those whose opioid prescription overlapped with their existing non-compatible medication for more than three days were 47% more likely