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Table 3 The 25 most frequently used drug groups among MDD patients with home care services (N = 45,593)

From: Potentially inappropriate prescribing to older patients receiving multidose drug dispensing

ATC level 3 Therapeutic drug group Regular drugs Dispensed as MDD Regular drugs Not dispensed as MDD P.r.n
medications
Drug use
female(n = 30,090)
Drug use
male
(n = 15,503)
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
B01A Antithrombotic agents 27,477 (60) 5744 (13) 65 (0) 19,845 (66) 12,004 (77)
N02B Other analgesics and antipyretics 11,393 (25) 1448 (3) 16,024 (35) 18,829 (63) 7846 (51)
C07A Beta blocking agents 21,522 (47) 79 (0) 174 (0) 13,796 (46) 7709 (50)
C10A Lipid modifying agents, plain 18,545 (41) 133 (0) 10 (0) 10,911 (36) 7643 (49)
N05C Hypnotics and sedatives 10,485 (23) 495 (1) 7426 (16) 12,841 (43) 5984 (39)
A02B Drugs for peptic ulcer and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease 16,036 (35) 289 (1) 1599 (4) 11,371 (38) 5266 (34)
C03C High-ceiling diuretics 13,832 (30) 136 (0) 1992 (4) 9962 (33) 4939 (32)
A06A Drugs for constipation 578 (1) 8926 (20) 7918 (17) 9502 (32) 4727 (30)
N02A Opioids 3771 (8) 3758 (8) 9375 (21) 9869 (33) 3695 (24)
N06A Antidepressants 11,564 (25) 429 (1) 178 (0) 8807 (29) 3377 (22)
N05B Anxiolytics 3999 (9) 219 (0) 7743 (17) 8205 (27) 3171 (20)
A12A Calcium 10,328 (23) 336 (1) 19 (0) 8821 (29) 3155 (20)
C08C Selective calcium channel blockers with mainly vascular effects 9055 (20) 79 (0) 81 (0) 6269 (21) 3060 (20)
R03A Adrenergics, inhalants 1 (0) 6809 (15) 4651 (10) 5542 (18) 2901 (19)
A11E Vitamin B-complex, including combinations 8262 (18) 173 (0) 36 (0) 5072 (17) 2721 (18)
B03B Vitamin B12 and folic acid 2968 (7) 5792 (13) 192 (0) 5573 (19) 2698 (17)
C09A ACE inhibitors, plain 7569 (17) 37 (0) 1 (0) 4539 (15) 2644 (17)
C01D Vasodilators used in cardiac diseases 3359 (7) 372 (1) 5997 (13) 4851 (16) 2498 (16)
H03A Thyroid preparations 7050 (15) 29 (0) 2 (0) 5839 (19) 1981 (13)
C09C Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), plain 6466 (14) 41 (0) 2 (0) 4547 (15) 1958 (13)
A10B Blood glucose lowering drugs, excluding insulins 5734 (13) 229 (1) 12 (0) 3328 (11) 1927 (12)
R06A Antihistamines for systemic use 3630 (8) 133 (0) 1984 (4) 3975 (13) 1872 (12)
D07A Corticosteroids, plain 1 (0) 989 (2) 4504 (10) 3354 (11) 1844 (12)
A11C Vitamin A and D, including combinations of the two 4709 (10) 209 (0) 61 (0) 3144 (10) 1819 (12)
R05C Expectorants, excl. Combinations with cough suppressants 15 (0) 1187 (3) 3820 (8) 3003 (10) 1622 (10)