4 Drugs That Can Send Older Adults to the E.R.

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The following drugs are responsible for seven in 10 emergency hospitalizations among adults 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

1. Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)

2. Insulin

3. Oral antiplatelet agents, such as aspirin or clopidogrel (Plavix)

4. Oral hypoglycemic drugs for diabetes

These can be life-saving medications, but they do require extra monitoring by doctors and patients to prevent side effects and interactions. Warfarin accounts for one-third of the emergency visits.