Just four drugs are responsible for two-thirds of all medication-related emergency hospitalizations in the U.S. They are:
- Warfarin (such as Coumadin)
- Oral antiplatelet agents, such as aspirin or clopidogrel (Plavix)
- Oral hypoglycemic drugs for diabetes
These can be lifesaving medications, but they do require extra monitoring by doctors and patients to prevent side effects and interactions. Warfarin alone accounts for one-third of these emergency visits.
This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.