Pattern of psychotropic drug usage in psychiatric illnesses among elderly

*, Sahana D.A and Pai, Keshava and *, Rajeshwari S and *, Ullal S.D and *, Rathnakar U.P and *, Jaykumar J.S (2010) Pattern of psychotropic drug usage in psychiatric illnesses among elderly. The Journal of Medicine Use in Developing Countries , 2 (1). pp. 3-10.

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This study evaluated the pattern of psychiatric illness and usage of psychotropic drugs in elderly patients attending the psychiatry out patient department of a tertiary care hospital. A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted for a period of one year (June 2007 until May 2008) in the psychiatry out-patient department of a tertiary care hospital in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. The medical records of 78 elderly (age>60) patients attending psychiatric out patient department were reviewed. The demographic details, diagnosis, co-morbid illnesses and drugs prescribed were collected. Prescription of 78 patients were studied, out of which 39 (50%) were for males and 39 (50%) for females. The most common illness among these individuals was depression (29.5%) followed by psychosis (21.8%).The most commonly prescribed drugs were benzodiazepines (50 out of 78, 64%), antidepressants (39 out of 78, 50%) and antipsychotic agents (34 out of 78, 43.6%). Depression is the most common illness followed by psychosis in elderly. Sertraline and risperidone are the most commonly used antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs among elderly patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: antidepressant; antipsychotic agents; benzodiazepines; elderly
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pharmacology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 06:13
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2011 06:13

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