The prescription of psychotropic medication in general practice--a descriptive study.

T. Maniam, T. S. Ging

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    The prescriptions of all patients who attended an urban general practice from September 1987 to December 1987 were studied. Of the 111 patients (60 females and 51 males) who received a psychotropic prescription the commonest presenting complaint was insomnia (56 patients or 50.5%). This was followed by tension, headache and unexplained aches and pains (19 patients or 17.1%), and anxiety (nine patients or 8.1%). Consistent with these presentations a vast majority (92.8%) received a benzodiazepine. The commonest drugs prescribed were Lorazepam and Bromazepam whereas the longer acting benzodiazepines were rarely used. Polypharmacy was rare.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)225-230
    Number of pages6
    JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
    Volume45
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1990

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    General Practice
    Prescriptions
    Benzodiazepines
    Bromazepam
    Lorazepam
    Polypharmacy
    Tension-Type Headache
    Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
    Anxiety
    Pain
    Pharmaceutical Preparations

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    The prescription of psychotropic medication in general practice--a descriptive study. / Maniam, T.; Ging, T. S.

    In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 45, No. 3, 09.1990, p. 225-230.

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