According to a new study from the Center for Disease Control, adverse reactions to four common drugs send about 100,000 elderly Americans to the hospital every year. The four commonly prescribed medications at issue in the study were Warfarin, Insulin, Aspirin and Plavix.
Warfarin is a blood thinning medication used to treat blood clots, which can lead to excessive bleeding, or hemorrhage.
Aspirin and Plavix, which are known as “anti-platelet” medications, are also used to treat blood clots and can cause bleeding.
Insulin, which is used in diabetes patients to regulate blood sugar, was noted often to lead to adverse reactions such as confusion, loss of consciousness or seizures.
Doctors continue to stress the importance of telling your healthcare professionals exactly what you are taking and making sure you know how to take each prescription.