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Table 4 The three most commonly prescribed drugs (classification, ATC-code level 5 and chemical substance) for mental disorders (ICD-10) from 2006 to 2008: number ( n ) of and percentage (%), with 95% CI, of older persons (men and women) prescribed drugs for mental disorders by specialists in geriatrics (GER), psychiatry (PSYCH), general practitioners (GP), other specialists (OTH) or by physicians without specialist education (WO)

From: Specialist prescribing of psychotropic drugs to older persons in Sweden - a register-based study of 188 024 older persons

Classification ATC Chem. Sub. ICD-10 Specialists Patients’ sex 2006 2007 2008
n % 95% CI n % 95% CI n % 95% CI
Benzodiazepine derivative F20-39, 41 GER Men 470 4.0 3.6-4.3 492 4.1 3.7-4.4 551 4.6 4.2-4.9
   Women 1218 4.1 3.9-4.3 1302 4.4 4.2-4.6 1378 4.7 4.5-5.0
N05BA04   PSYCH Men 394 3.3 3.0-3.7 405 3.4 3.0-3.7 413 3.4 3.1-3.8
Oxazepam    Women 815 2.7 2.6-2.9 785 2.6 2.5-2.8 793 2.7 2.5-2.9
   GP Men 8042 68.3 67.4-69.1 8285 68.6 67.7-69.4 8148 67.7 66.8-68.5
    Women 22132 74.4 73.9-74.9 22099 74.6 74.1-75.0 21655 74.2 73.7-74.7
   OTH Men 1613 13.7 13.1-14.3 1636 13.5 12.9-14.1 1677 13.9 13.3-14.5
    Women 2929 9.8 9.5-10.2 2905 9.8 9.5-10.1 2816 9.6 9.3-10.0
   WO Men 1591 13.5 12.9-14.1 1621 13.4 12.8-14.0 1618 13.4 12.8-14.0
    Women 3462 11.6 11.3-12.0 3462 11.7 11.3-12.0 3419 11.7 11.3-12.1
Benzodiazepine derivative F20-39, 41 GER Men 262 3.5 3.1-3.9 233 3.2 2.8-3.6 247 3.6 3.2-4.0
   Women 477 3.8 3.4-4.1 485 4.0 3.7-4.4 481 4.1 3.8-4.5
N05BA01   PSYCH Men 290 3.9 3.5-4.3 295 4.0 3.6-4.5 280 4.1 3.6-4.6
Diazepam    Women 415 3.3 3.0-3.6 411 3.4 3.1-3.7 422 3.6 3.3-4.0
   GP Men 4820 64.6 63.6-65.7 4799 65.8 64.7-66.9 4501 65.7 64.6-66.8
    Women 9024 71.5 70.7-72.3 8577 71.4 70.6-72.2 8324 71.6 70.8-72.4
   OTH Men 1374 18.4 17.5-19.3 1263 17.3 16.4-18.2 1145 16.7 15.8-17.6
    Women 1727 13.7 13.1-14.3 1606 13.4 12.8-14.0 1510 13.0 12.4-13.6
   WO Men 902 12.1 11.4-12.8 886 12.1 11.4-12.9 854 12.5 11.7-13.2
    Women 1308 10.4 9.8-10.9 1280 10.7 10.1-11.2 1239 10.7 10.2-11.2
Non-selective monoamine reuptake inhibitor F20-39 GER Men 125 3.6 3.0-4.3 107 3.2 2.6-3.7 106 2.9 2.4-3.5
   Women 269 3.2 2.8-3.5 280 3.3 2.9-3.7 276 3.2 2.8-3.6
  PSYCH Men 101 2.9 2.4-3.5 95 2.8 2.2-3.4 97 2.7 2.2-3.2
N06AA09    Women 269 3.2 2.8-3.5 251 2.9 2.6-3.3 254 2.9 2.6-3.3
Amitriptyline   GP Men 2133 62.1 60.5-63.8 2172 64.0 62.4-65.6 2276 63.1 61.5-64.7
    Women 5868 69.2 68.2-70.2 5957 70.0 69.0-70.9 6082 70.2 69.2-71.1
   OTH Men 585 17.0 15.8-18.3 553 16.3 15.1-17.5 624 17.3 16.1-18.5
    Women 1038 12.2 11.5-12.9 1100 12.9 12.2-13.6 1133 13.1 12.4-13.8
   WO Men 568 16.5 15.2-17.8 531 15.7 14.4-16.9 569 15.8 14.6-17.0
    Women 1254 14.8 14.0-15.5 1143 13.4 12.7-14.1 1145 13.2 12.5-13.9