Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Boston University Study On US Medication Use

Interesting fact and figures in this report (it is a PDF file).

• In any given week, 82% of U.S. adults take at least one medication (prescription or nonprescription drug, vitamin/mineral, herbal/natural supplement); 30% take at least five.

• 42% of U.S. adults take vitamins; 27% take multivitamin products.

•19% take products containing herbals or other natural supplements.

• Specific drugs reported much increased use since the last survey, Fosamax was one of those.

Snapshot of findings as reported:

"In adult subjects, OTC analgesics were the most frequently used individual drug products (i.e., not vitamins or herbals natural supplements), taken by 16-20%. Prescription drugs predominated among the remaining commonly used compounds. The most common prescription drugs among women were a thyroid supplement, a cholesterol-lowering drug, and a diuretic; among men, they were a cholesterol-lowering drug and an ACE-inhibitor. Among OTC agents, decongestants, antihistamines, and anti-ulcer agents followed analgesics in frequency."

Surprisingly, to me, the most popular "herbal" supplements were lutein and lycopene.

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