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Table 2 Reasons cited by patients who were not taking the recommended medications, by age group

From: Age-related differences in factors associated with the underuse of recommended medications in acute coronary syndrome patients at least one year after hospital discharge

Reasons 65 years of age and older Younger than 65 years
  Aspirin Statin Beta-blocker ACEI/ARB Aspirin Statin Beta-blocker ACEI/ARB
  n (%)
Too expensive 11 (7.0) 18 (10.9) 10 (6.0) 9 (6.1) 21 (12.5) 71 (37.8) 40 (23) 49 (29.0)
Too many medications 77 (48.7) 47 (28.5) 68 (40.5) 58 (39.2) 30 (17.9) 18 (9.6) 19 (10.9) 15 (8.9)
Consider medications non-essential 32 (20.3) 60 (36.4) 55 (32.7) 56 (37.8) 28 (16.7) 10 (5.3) 22 (12.6) 13 (7.7)
Afraid of adverse effects 13 (8.2) 17 (10.3) 13 (7.7) 11 (7.4) 53 (31.5) 63 (33.5) 65 (37.4) 73 (43.2)
Side effects 16 (10.1) 14 (8.5) 15 (8.9) 8 (5.4) 16 (9.5) 16 (8.5) 20 (11.5) 12 (7.1)
Others 9 (5.7) 9 (5.5) 7 (4.2) 6 (4.1) 20 (11.9) 10 (5.3) 8 (4.6) 7 (4.1)
  1. ACEI, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; ARB, angiotensin receptor blocker.