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Table 3 Prevalence of inappropriate drug prescription (Independent of disease or condition)

From: Prevalence of inappropriate medication using Beers criteria in Japanese long-term care facilities

Drugs Severity* Number of patients as a percentage of total
(N = 1669)
Pentazocine High 0.2
Muscle relaxants and antispasmodics High 0.9
Amitriptyline High 0.0
Long-acting benzodiazepines High 1.9
Disopyramide High 0.2
Digoxin >0.125 mg/d Low 0.0
Short-acting dipyridamole Low 0.0
Gastrointestinal antispasmodic drugs High 0.1
Anticholinergics and antihistamines High 1.4
Ferrous sulfate>325 mg/d Low 0.2
Ticlopidine High 6.3
Doxazosin Low 1.5
Thioridazine High 0.1
Short-acting nifedipine High 2.0
Cimetidine Low 1.5
Indomethacin High 0.1
Desiccated thyroid High 0.1
Methyldopa High 0.1
Use of any inappropriate drugs   21.1
  1. * Severity: Defined conceptually as a combination of both the likelihood that an adverse outcome would occur and the clinical significance of that outcome should it occur [7].