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

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.

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