Why an elderly patient became confused after taking aspirin: case

After upping his daily aspirin dose for back pain, the 76-year-old developed salicylate toxicity, marked by confusion and tinnitus

Persistent back pain can cause patients to take drastic measures in the pursuit of relief, but one elderly man in the US got more than he bargained for when his daily aspirin habit led to salicylate toxicity, doctors report.  

The 76-year-old patient was admitted to ED after he was found crawling on a city footpath and told attending paramedics that he felt dizzy and “weird”.