The four types of medicine are also very common. Listed below in order, from the greatest to the least percentage of adverse instances per drug, whether taken together or separately: 1. A blood-thinning medication called warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) 2. Insulin 3. Antiplatelet drugs used to prevent blood clots such as aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix) 4. Oral hypoglycemic agents – a diabetes medicine The most important fact, however, is that nearly two-thirds of all such cases were not just the drugs themselves; they were the result of unintentional overdoses. It’s scary to see such common medicines listed, and if you or loved ones use them there is cause to take notice, but the real lesson is awareness and care. There are real consequences when care is not received properly or when an elderly person is not able to accurately gauge their medications.
Reference: USA Today (November 25, 2011) “Four Common Meds Send Thousands of Seniors to Hospital”