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Table 3 Percentages of patients prescribed different psychotropic medications, either in monotherapy or polypharmacy, according to diagnoses.

From: Polypharmacy in psychiatric practice in the Canary Islands

  F0 F1 F2 F3 F4
Tranquillisers      
   Benzodiazepines 45.6 85.6 54.8 74.6 91.1
   No Benzodiazepines 11.8 24.6 1.8 0.9 0.4
Antidepressants      
   SSRIs 23.5 19.8 10.6 53.9 25.5
   Tricyclic Antidepressants 2.9 5.4 7.1 8.6 2.8
   Other Antidepressants 5.9 - 6.2 9.4 2.1
Antipsychotic      
   Conventional1 26.4 5.4 38.9 3.5 2.6
   Atypical2 30.9 6.0 43.4 2.4 1.4
   Depot - - 22.1 0.5 -
Anticonvulsants 1.5 6.6 20.3 6.6 3.5
Anti-parkinsonian drugs 5.9 - 32.7 0.3 0.1
Lithium - - - 1.4 0.1
Average no. of psychotropics 1.7 ± 0.9 1.9 ± 0.9 2.9 ± 1.6 1.9 ± 1.0 1.4 ± 0.7
  1. 1 Conventional antipsychotic mainly include, among others: Haloperidol and Chlorpromazine. 2. Atypical antipsychotic mainly include, among others: Olanzapine and Risperidone. SSRIs: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (F0): Organic including symptomatic mental disorders (F1): Mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance abuse (F2): Schizophrenia, schizotypal and delusional disorders (F3): Mood (affective) disorders (F4): Neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders