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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Year: 1999  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 27 - 34

Psychotropic drugs prescriptions in Al-Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia

Al Ghamdy Y.S., Qureshi N.A., Abdel Ghadir M.H., Al Habeeb T.A. and Ahmad S.A.    

Abstract: Psychotropic drugs prescriptions for patients attending psychiatric outpatient clinics were studied. Of the 52,168 prescriptions written in 1996, 18,265 were systematically, randomly selected and evaluated. Incomplete prescriptions were found; the data missing included duration of treatment [18.75%], sex [9.25%], age [8.75%] and diagnosis [7.50%]. Antipsychotics [33.1%], antidepressants [23.2%], anticholinergics [22.0%] and anticonvulsants [12.9%] were the most frequently prescribed drugs. Polypharmacy [85%] was the predominant mode of practice. The most common diagnoses were mood [23.1%], anxiety [17.7%] and schizophrenic [16.2%] disorders. Medical education and quality monitoring programmes are suggested to improve the quality of psychotropic prescriptions and modify multiple pharmacotherapy practice.

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