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Table 1 Proportion (in %) of elderly patients on medication by therapeutic class and sex*

From: Potentially inappropriate prescriptions for older patients in long-term care

  Proportion of patients (%)
Therapeutic class All (n = 2,633) Men (n = 680) Women (n = 1,953) pvalue
Analgesics & antipyretic 48.0 44.6 49.2 0.037
Anxyolitics 41.4 41.4 41.4 0.983
Antipsychotics 35.0 39.5 33.5 0.004
Loop (high ceiling) diuretics 18.6 16.2 19.4 0.062
Antiepileptics 14.9 21.6 12.6 <0.001
Thyroid preparations 14.6 8.4 16.8 <0.001
Vasodilators 14.6 11.0 15.8 0.002
Antidepressants 13.7 11.0 14.7 0.017
Cardiac glycosides 12.4 11.6 12.7 0.462
Drugs for peptic ulcer 11.0 11.3 10.9 0.765
Hypnotics & sedatives 10.9 9.8 11.3 0.293
Anticholinergics 10.9 11.2 10.8 0.788
Selective calcium channel blockers 10.6 7.2 11.7 0.001
Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors 10.0 10.0 10.0 0.991
  1. * Only therapeutic classes prescribed to 10% or more of the elderly are displayed