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Table 2 The ten most commonly prescribed drugs in 2009 for multimorbid patients (n = 164,513) aged 65–94 years, by sex and age groups, attended at primary healthcare centres located in Barcelona

From: Medication patterns in older adults with multimorbidity: a cluster analysis of primary care patients

  Women Men
ATC codea Drug name N % ATC codea Drug name N %
65–79 years A02BC Proton pump inhibitors 32,634 41.8 C10AA HMG CoA reductase inhibitors 18,188 43.4
C10AA HMG CoA reductase inhibitors 32,004 41.0 A02BC Proton pump inhibitors 15,170 36.2
N05BA Benzodiazepine derivatives 20,649 26.5 B01AC Platelet aggregation inhibitors excl. Heparin 13,872 33.1
N02BE Anilides 18,434 23.6 C09AA ACE inhibitors, plain 9748 23.2
B01AC Platelet aggregation inhibitors excl. Heparin 15,338 19.7 G04CA Alpha-adrenoreceptor antagonists 7235 17.3
C09AA ACE inhibitors, plain 13,578 17.4 A10BA Biguanides 6306 15.0
M05BA Bisphosphonates 13,309 17.1 N05BA Benzodiazepine derivatives 6019 14.4
N06AB Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors 11,522 14.8 C08CA Dihydropyridine derivatives 5996 14.3
C03AA Thiazides, plain 10,112 13.0 C07AB Beta blocking agents, selective 5934 14.2
C09CA Angiotensin II antagonists, plain 9231 11.8 N02BE Anilides 5625 13.4
80–94 years A02BC Proton pump inhibitors 16,496 51.8 A02BC Proton pump inhibitors 5877 46.2
N02BE Anilides 11,370 35.7 B01AC Platelet aggregation inhibitors excl. Heparin 5641 44.3
C10AA HMG CoA reductase inhibitors 11,222 35.2 C10AA HMG CoA reductase inhibitors 4657 36.6
B01AC Platelet aggregation inhibitors excl. Heparin 10,512 33.0 C09AA ACE inhibitors, plain 3235 25.4
N05BA Benzodiazepine derivatives 9633 30.2 N02BE Anilides 2638 20.7
C09AA ACE inhibitors, plain 7223 22.7 G04CA Alpha-adrenoreceptor antagonists 2601 20.4
C08CA Dihydropyridine derivatives 5283 16.6 N05BA Benzodiazepine derivatives 2313 18.2
C03CA Sulfonamides, plain 5265 16.5 C08CA Dihydropyridine derivatives 2260 17.8
N06AB Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors 5258 16.5 C03CA Sulfonamides, plain 1930 15.2
C09CA Angiotensin II antagonists, plain 4502 14.1 C01DA Organic nitrates 1622 12.7
  1. Codea: chemical subgroup, 4rt level, ATC code (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification) from the World Health Organization (Additional file 1)
  2. For more details, visit webside: https://www.whocc.no/atc/structure_and_principles/