Common drugs cause reactions

A Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) survey of GPs found that, in a sample of more than 7500 patients aged 45 or older, 11.6% had adverse drug events (ADEs) in the previous six months. The findings prompted the authors to encourage GPs to review and reduce patient drug loads.

Three quarters of the ADEs were recognised side effects and one in 10 was due to drug sensitivity. Opioids were most commonly implicated and 13 prescribed drug groups accounted for 58% of all ADEs. Among them were antidepressants, NSAIDs, lipid modifying agents and ACE inhibitors.