PMID: 22262273Jan 21, 2012

Antidepressant prescription patterns in patients affiliated with the General Social Security Health System of Colombia

Revista Panamericana De Salud Pública = Pan American Journal of Public Health
Jorge Machado-AlbaMónica Johanna Solarte Gómez


Determine patterns of antidepressive drug prescription in a group of patients affiliated with the General Social Security Health System in Colombia. Observational descriptive study of 9 881 patients, of both sexes and older than 5 years of age, medicated with antidepressants and continuously treated from August to October 2009. The patients include residents from 56 Colombian cities. A database was designed based on the consumption of medicines obtained from the company that distributes them to the patients. The average age was 59.1 ± 16.1 years; 73.7% of the participants were women. Of the total number of patients, 83.3% were treated with monotherapy and 16.7% with two or more antidepressants. The order of the prescription of the medicines was: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, 47.0%; atypical, 37.8%; tricyclical, 31.8%; selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and norepinephrine, 1.8%; and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, 0.03%. The combinations most used were fluoxetine + trazodone (n = 1 029); amitriptyline + fluoxetine (n = 265); amitriptyline + trazodone (n = 122); fluoxetine + imipramine (n = 106); and imipramine + trazodone (n = 71). The most prescribed co-medications were anti-hypertensives (52.3%); ...Continue Reading


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Drug Prescriptions
Social Security
Polypharmacy (Finding)

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