Medicate carefully: NSW Ambulance Services

Seniors are being urged to "medicate right to stay upright" as part of a campaign to halt the high number of falls paramedics attend.

Paramedics get 7285 calls to help people who fall — almost half being over-65s.

NSW Ambulance Services manager Michelle Shiel said they will do fall assessments on all patients 65 and over.

"Our aim is pro-activity — identifying the risk before a fall occurs," she said.

The leader of the falls-prevention program, Lorraine Lovitt, said medication like sleeping tablets, pain-killers, high blood-pressure tablets, may increase a person's fall risk.

"These medications may cause drowsiness, dizziness, poor balance, frequent urination and blurry vision," she said.

NSW paramedics advise medication users to talk to a local doctor or pharmacist about any concerns with the medicine being taken, or any experiences with side effects.

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