Commonest medicine for Australian women: antidepressants

December 17th, 2008 - 11:48 am ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) The most commonly prescribed medication for Australian women is antidepressants, according to a study. The study, by universities of Queensland and Newcastle, is the latest to emerge from a longitudinal study on women’s health.

Julie Byles, professor at Quensland, who co-authored the study, said the research indicated the prevalence of antidepressant use increased with age.

“Eight percent of younger women and 14 percent of mid-age women used antidepressants during the surveyed period,” Byles said. “This figure jumps to 18 percent in older women.”

“However, the use of antidepressants is not a clear indicator of the extent of depression among women. For example, among young women who reported a diagnosis of depression, 40 percent had not used prescribed antidepressant medication.”

Older women, in particular, mentioned the impact of costs of medication on their ability to manage their incomes, said a Queensland release.

There were few differences in patterns of claims between women living in urban, rural and remote areas.

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