A list of dangerous drugs — and safer alternatives — for seniors

Consumer Reports has published a valuable article identifying common prescription drugs that can be dangerous for older patients. Healthcare consumers over age 65 are more than twice as likely to suffer from adverse drug reactions; the publication lists the following drugs as posing a high enough risk that they should be avoided if possible:

Antianxiety drugs

  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Limbitrol); diazepam (Valium); quazepam (Doral)
  • Recommended alternatives: alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), and oxazepam (Serax)



High blood pressure and enlarged prostate drugs

Pain relievers

Sleeping pills

  • Barbituates (Butisol, Nembutal, Seconal); diphenhydramine (Sominex); flurazepam (Dalmane)
  • Recommended alternatives: zaleplon (Sonata) and zolpidem (Ambien)

Stomach drugs

  • Bisacodyl (Dulcolax); Diphenoxylate (Lomotil)https://edrugsearch.com/drugs/imodium+advanced
  • Recommended alternatives: Increased intake of fiber and fluids; change in diet; loperamide (Imodium AD)

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Comments (2)

VistaBay Drug Rehab

Thank you for providing such a good information over dangerous drugs for seniors.

It is February 2015. If this has not been changed since October of 2008 is any of it still accurate?

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