1.1 Million Elderly Taken to ED for Adverse Medication Reactions
- In 2008, an estimated 1.1 million emergency department (ED) visits were made by adults aged 50 or older for adverse reactions to medications; more than half by those 65+.
- Central nervous system (CNS) drugs (e.g., pain relievers and drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia) were involved in almost one fourth (24.3 percent) of ED visits.
- Nearly two thirds of older adults were treated and released (64.2 percent), and nearly one third were admitted to the hospital (32.9 percent).
- informing physicians, nurses, and mental health care providers of all medications, supplements, and vitamins you take.
- Make sure that any medical records are shared with all physicians, including specialists.
- Use one pharmacy to handle all their prescriptions.
- Advise your pharmacy of any adverse reactions to prescription or OTC medications.
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