Prescription patterns of benzodiazepines in the Lebanese adult population

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dc.contributor.author Ramadan, Wijdan H.
dc.contributor.author El Khoury, Ghada M.
dc.contributor.author Deeb, Mary E.
dc.contributor.author Sheikh-Taha, Marwan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-29T07:56:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-29T07:56:13Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09-29
dc.identifier.issn 1176-6328 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4447
dc.description.abstract This study assessed the profile of benzodiazepine (BDZ) users in Lebanon. Adult patients visiting the pharmacies with prescriptions of BDZs were included in the study. Seven hundred and eighty-six current BDZ users were included, of whom 54.2% were females. Twenty-three percent reported being alcohol consumers and were mostly males. The two most commonly used BDZs were alprazolam (34.6%) and bromazepam (33.6%). The indication for use was mainly anxiety (44.4%), insomnia (22.5%), and depression (15.9%). The prescribing physicians were primarily psychiatrists (43.2%), followed by general practitioners (29.7%). Forty percent had been taking the drug for more than a year. Among those using BDZs for at least 1 month, 35.5% increased the dose with time. Thirty-three percent reported having experienced side effects. Eighteen patients (2.3%) reported taking more than one BDZ concomitantly, while 18.3% were taking drugs that should not be prescribed along with BDZs. In conclusion, the use of BDZs is highest among females, especially for the treatment of anxiety. Moreover, continuous use of the drugs for more than a year as well as significant potential drug interactions was identified. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Prescription patterns of benzodiazepines in the Lebanese adult population en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle a cross-sectional study en_US
dc.author.school SOP en_US
dc.author.school SOM
dc.author.idnumber 200104046 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200900035 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199410150 en_US
dc.author.department Pharmacy Practice Department en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment en_US
dc.journal.volume 12 en_US
dc.article.pages 2299-2305 en_US
dc.keywords Benzodiazepines en_US
dc.keywords Prescribing patterns en_US
dc.keywords Controlled substances en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S113078 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Ramadan, W. H., El Khoury, G. M., Deeb, M. E., & Sheikh-Taha, M. (2016). Prescription patterns of benzodiazepines in the Lebanese adult population: a cross-sectional study. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 12, 2299-2305. en_US
dc.author.email ghada.khoury@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.author.email mary.deeb@lau.edu.lb
dc.author.email marwan.taha@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5019479/ en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7642-4833 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4650-9967 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8037-1201 en_US

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