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9 Types of Medication Older Adults Should Use With Caution

If you're over 65, think twice before taking these drugs

5. Heart Medications

Be cautious of: digoxin (Lanoxin) in doses greater than 0.125 mg.

The concern: Use of digoxin, which is prescribed as a treatment for heart failure and irregular heartbeat, can be toxic in older adults and people whose kidneys do not work well.

6. Diabetes Drugs

Be cautious of: glyburide (Diabeta, Micronase) and chlorpropamide (Diabinese).

The concern: They can cause severe low blood sugar in older adults.

7. Opioid pain relievers

Be cautious of: meperidine (Demerol) and pentazocine (Talwin).

The concern: These types of opioid analgesic medications, also known as narcotic analgesics, can cause confusion, falls, seizures, confusion and even hallucinations, especially in older adults.

8. Anti-psychotic drugs

Be cautious of: Unless you are being treated for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or some forms of depression, stay away from anti-psychotics such as haloperidol (Haldol), risperidone (Risperdal) and quetiapine (Seroquel).

The concern: Anti-psychotic drugs can increase the risk of stroke or even death; they can also cause tremors and increase your risk of falls.

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