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Table 1 Prevalence of use (‰) of the 31 most common pharmacological groups in 2012 in Italy

From: Differences in drug use between men and women: an Italian cross sectional study

ATC III Description Prevalence (‰) Crude Relative Risk Adjusted Relative Risk
Male Female
A02B Drugs for peptic ulcer and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) 164,1 128,2 1,3 1,1
A10A Insulins and analogues 10,5 10,9 1,0 0,8
A10B Blood glucose lowering drugs, excluding insulins 45,7 50,6 0,9 0,8
A12A Calcium 24,3 2,8 8,6 7,0
B01A Antithrombotic agents 106,5 113,9 0,9 0,7
B03A Iron preparations 10,1 3,8 2,6 2,1
B03B Vitamin B12 and folic acid 7,0 3,7 1,9 1,6
C01B Antiarrhythmics, class I and III 10,1 10,6 1,0 0,7
C01D Vasodilators used in cardiac diseases 14,5 15,0 1,0 0,7
C02C Antiadrenergic agents, peripherally acting 11,9 13,4 0,9 0,7
C03C High-ceiling diuretics 34,0 26,4 1,3 0,9
C07A Beta blocking agents 84,8 72,1 1,2 1,0
C08C Selective calcium channel blockers with mainly vascular effects 52,6 57,7 0,9 0,7
C09A ACE inhibitors, plain 58,6 70,2 0,8 0,7
C09B ACE inhibitors, combinations 44,7 36,1 1,2 1,0
C09C Angiotensin II antagonists, plain 49,0 46,8 1,1 0,9
C09D Angiotensin II antagonists, combinations 62,1 46,3 1,4 1,1
C10A Lipid modifying agents, plain 91,4 97,8 0,9 0,8
G04C Drugs used in benign prostatic hypertrophy 0,2 61,9 0,0 0,0
H02A Corticosteroids for systemic use, plain 32,9 23,2 1,4 1,3
H03A Thyroid preparations 64,8 12,0 5,4 5,0
J01C Beta-lactam antibacterials, penicillins 71,2 53,4 1,3 1,3
M01A Anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic products, non-steroids 124,5 73,9 1,7 1,5
M04A Antigout preparations 11,5 20,9 0,6 0,4
M05B Drugs affecting bone structure and mineralization 31,7 2,0 16,0 12,5
N03A Antiepileptics 21,6 18,7 1,2 1,1
N06A Antidepressant 68,0 29,5 2,3 2,0
R03A Adrenergics, inhalants 30,3 33,3 0,9 0,8
R03B Other drugs for obstructive airway diseases, inhalants 27,6 28,6 1,0 0,8
R06A Antihistamines for systemic use 26,4 20,8 1,3 1,3
S01E Antiglaucoma preparations and miotics 21,2 17,0 1,3 1,0