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Antihistamines, muscle relaxants linked with ED visits, mortality in elderly veterans

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Exposure to skeletal muscle relaxants and antihistamines are linked to an increased risk for ED visits, hospitalization and death among the elderly, according to a recently published study.

“Despite the fact that these medications are listed an inappropriate to use in elderly patients, we found the incidence of antihistamine exposure to be 1.7% and skeletal muscle relaxant exposure to be 1.5%,” Carlos A. Alvarez, PharmD, MSc, of the Pharmacy Practice Department at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and colleagues wrote.

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