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Table 1 Prescribed drugs at presentation to the ED

From: Drug - related emergency department visits by elderly patients presenting with non-specific complaints

Drug class Number of patients Percent % (total n = 633)
Diuretics (all types) 294 46.4
  Non-thiazide diuretics 225 41.4
  Thiazide diuretics 136 21.5
ACE inhibitors/AR blockers 231 36.5
Beta-blockers 211 33.3
Other cardiovascular drugs 129 20.4
Platelet aggregation inhibitors 236 37.3
Vitamin K- antagonists 90 14.2
Systemic steroids 47 7.4
NSAID 98 15.5
Opioids 69 10.9
All psychotropic drugs 298 47.1
  Benzodiazepines 121 19.1
  Neuroleptics 91 14.4
  Antidepressants 160 25.3
  Other 86 13.6
Anticonvulsants 61 9.6
Anti-Parkinson drugs 48 7.6
  1. calcium channel blockers, nitrates, digoxine, amiodarone.
  2. other hypnotica such as barbiturates, zopiclone and zolpidem and others, such as St. Johns Worth.