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Title: Benzodiazepine and antidepressant use in elderly patients with anxiety disorders : a survey of 796 outpatients in Japan
Authors: Uchida, Hiroyuki
Suzuki, Takefumi
Mamo, David
Mulsant, Benoit H.
Kikuchi, Toshiaki
Takeuchi, Hiroyoshi
Tomita, Masayuki
Watanabe, Koichiro
Yagi, Gohei
Kashima, Haruo
Keywords: Benzodiazepines
Antidepressants
Neuroses
Aging -- Health aspects
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Citation: Uchida, H., Suzuki, T., Mamo, D. C., Mulsant, B. H., Kikuchi, T., Takeuchi, H., ... & Kashima, H. (2009). Benzodiazepine and antidepressant use in elderly patients with anxiety disorders: a survey of 796 outpatients in Japan. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23(4), 477-481.
Abstract: Since the literature on benzodiazepine use in elderly patients with anxiety disorders is limited, a large cross-sectional review of psychotropic prescriptions in 796 patients with neurotic disorders (ICD-10) (age range = 11–91 years) was conducted across 30 sites in Japan. Use of benzodiazepine-derivative anxiolytics was approximately 70% in all decades without a group difference. The proportion of subjects who received prescriptions for benzodiazepine-derivative anxiolytics in the absence of antidepressants was higher in older age groups (e.g., 27.7% and 43.2% in the third and sixth decades, respectively). On the other hand, antidepressants were less frequently prescribed in older age groups (e.g., 59.8% and 41.5% in the third and sixth decades, respectively). The very high use of anxiolytics in the elderly, especially in the absence of concomitant antidepressant use, is a cause for concern since they are not a preferred long- term treatment strategy given their adverse effects in the elderly.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/23739
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