Rabu, 16 November 2011

20 PERCENT adult in USA have drug habbit

More than 20 percent of U.S. adults take at least one medication for conditions such as anxiety and depression in 2010, according to an analysis of prescription data, including more than one in four women.
The report, released Wednesday by the pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc., has found that the use of drugs for psychiatric and behavioral disorders increased by 22 percent in 2001. The drugs most often prescribed for women aged 45 years, but its use in men and in young adults has increased significantly. Among adults 20-44, the use of antipsychotic drugs and treatment for hyperactivity with attention deficit more than tripled, and the use of anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, Valium and Ativan have increased by 30 percent a decade ago .
20% adult use this avery day

Medco prescription database statistics and is based on 2.5 million patients with 24 months insurance and prescription drugs continuing suitability.

The company said that women are twice as likely than men to use the treatment of anxiety, such as 11 percent of women between 45 and 65 are the anti-anxiety medication. Women are also more likely than men to take antipsychotic drugs like Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Abilify, which deal with disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. However, among men 20-64, drug use has quadrupled in the last ten years.
"There was a slight significant increase in the use of drugs for the treatment of various mental health problems, it is not clear is if more people _ especially women, is really the development of a psychological disorder requiring medication, or if are more willing to ask for help and more doctors in the diagnosis of this condition before, "said Dr. David Muzin, psychiatrist and head of the national practice of neuroscience Medco Therapeutic Resource Center.
Pharmaceutical companies also asked for and received permission to market their drugs for large groups of people.
Drugs for disorders of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are prescribed more often for boys than girls, but adult women are taking the medication more often than men. The requirements for adult women with ADHD have increased by 2.5 times compared to 2001. However, prescriptions for ADHD children has decreased since 2005.
Reflecting the decline in prescriptions of psychotropic drugs and behavior for children. Medco found that drugs for children has decreased since 2004, when the FDA warned that they are linked to suicidal thoughts when used on people under 19 years. The company said less than 1 percent of children with antipsychotic drugs, although this figure has doubled since 2001.
In the "diabetes belt" state of Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama, about 23 percent of people in at least one psychiatric disorder or behavioral medicine. Diabetes is particularly prevalent in the country and this condition is associated with high rates of depression and anxiety. Prescribing the lowest level found in Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan, where less than 15 percent of people using this medicine.

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