Survey of benzodiazepine and antidepressant use in outpatients with mood disorders in Japan

Hiroyuki Uchida, Takefumi Suzuki, David C. Mamo, Benoit H. Mulsant, Kenichi Tsunoda, Hiroyoshi Takeuchi, Toshiaki Kikuchi, Shinichiro Nakajima, Kensuke Nomura, Masayuki Tomita, Koichiro Watanabe, Haruo Kashima

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Abstract

Data on benzodiazepine use in mood disorders are still limited, especially among seniors. A cross-sectional review of psychotropic prescriptions in 948 outpatients with mood disorders (405 male; mean ± SD age, 52 ± 17 years; age range, 16- 91 years) was conducted in Japan. The use of benzodiazepine-derivative anxiolytics was approximately 60% in all decades, including older patients, without a group difference. The frequent use of benzodiazepines is a cause for concern because they are not preferred treatment, given their well-known adverse effects especially in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-246
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Antidepressants
  • Benzodiazepine
  • Mood disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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