Adverse reactions hit one million

ADVERSE reactions from medications cause 1.1 million Americans aged 50 and over to visit hospital emergency departments annually, and a third are admitted for treatment, a study shows.

Nearly two-thirds are aged 65 or older.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report said cases include a range of medications but most involve just one, with central nervous system drugs including pain relievers, anxiety and insomnia medications accounting for most of these (24.3%).

Findings highlight the increased risk of adverse reactions older people face due to physiological changes and concurrent use of multiple medications.

“People should monitor how they feel when on medication, ask their doctor about what signs to look for and not hesitate to contact a doctor if they feel the medication is having adverse effects on their health,” said the agency’s administrator, Pamela Hyde.

The Drug Abuse