Depresión. Uso de antidepresivos en una oficina de farmacia rural

  1. Chaxiraxi Morales Marrero 1
  2. María del Carmen Padrón 1
  3. Susana Abdala Kuri 1
  4. Alexis Manuel Oliva Martín 2
  5. Sandra Dévora Gutiérrez 1
  1. 1 Departamento de Medicina Física y Farmacología, Facultad de Farmacia. Universidad de La Laguna. España
  2. 2 Departamento de Ingeniería Química y Tecnología Farmacéutica, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de La Laguna. España
Majorensis: Revista Electrónica de Ciencia y Tecnología

ISSN: 1697-5529

Year of publication: 2021

Issue: 17

Pages: 59-65

Type: Article

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Introduction: Given the growing demand for antidepressants in recent years, it is necessary to quantify from the pharmacy office their consumption and rational use by polymedicated patients who go to health centers demanding their prescription. Materials and methods: Antidepressant drug dispensations were collected month to month for one year and classified by active ingredient and dose, as well as by generic or brand name. The data were obtained from pharmaceutical management software Farmatic V12 and they were analyzed using the Microsoft Office Excel 2010 program. Results and discussion: A total of 3,662 dispensations of the group "N06A. Antidepressants" were quantified. Only 9 out of every 17 molecules collected have a homogeneous set, the generic reference being of choice at the time of dispensing, since in these cases only 37.73% was dispensed as a trademark. The most commonly used subgroup of antidepressants was the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (45.47%), which included escitalopram as the most commonly used active ingredient (22.26 DHD), followed by sertraline, paroxetine, fluoxetine and citalopram. Conclusions: Escitalopram has become the active reference for the treatment of depressive disorders, both in primary care and specialist physicians. The high consumption figures of this therapeutic group need the work of the community pharmacist to try to determine if these are justified by a better detection and diagnosis from primary care consultations or, if on the contrary, respond to a clear situation of overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

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