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Table 2 Medication prescribed before admission to more than 20% of the acutely admitted elderly patients with and without a prevalent delirium after acute admission; descending order. Number of patients (percentages) are given per medication type.

From: Risk factors for delirium in acutely admitted elderly patients: a prospective cohort study

Patients with delirium < 48 hours Number (%) Patients without delirium Number (%)
Glucose lowering medication 14 (39%) Diuretics 40 (44%)
Antithrombotics 13 (36%) Antithrombotics 28 (31%)
Gastrointestinal medication 13 (36%) Analgetics 27 (30%)
Diuretics 12 (33%) Antihypertensives 27 (30%)
Psychopharmaca 11 (31%) Glucose lowering medication 27 (30%)
Sympathicolytics 10 (28%) Gastrointestinal medication 27 (30%)
Analgetics 9 (25%) Sympathicolytics 26 (29%)
Spasmolytics and vasodilators 9 (25%) Spasmolytics and vasodilators 19 (21%)
Antihypertensives 8 (22%)   
Number of drugs used before admission (mean (SD)) 4.4 (3.2)   4.9 (3.6)