1 A prescription database study was conducted to describe the out-patient utilization of neuroleptics in the Odense area (207,000 inhabitants) during a period of 1 year. 2 Neuroleptic drug use is widespread, the period prevalence being 2.45% of the population. 3 The prevalence increases with increasing age. Fifteen percent of the population aged 90 years or more received neuroleptic drugs in spite of the many warnings against side effects in the elderly. 4 Estimated daily doses of neuroleptics were considerably lower than the Defined Daily Dose, probably as a reflection of many neuroleptics being prescribed to non-psychotic patients, in whom lower doses are used. 5 For perphenazine, a comparison of estimated daily doses from this study with doses from patients whose treatment had been adjusted by plasma concentration monitoring showed that generally much lower doses were used by patients included in this study.
Cites: Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1979 May 21;15(4):249-56477709
Cites: Acta Med Scand. 1983;214(1):67-716624538
Cites: J Am Geriatr Soc. 1985 Mar;33(3):206-92857741