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Table 1 Use of psychotropic medications for patients using legal, illegal and no benzodiazepines.

From: Effects of legal and illegal use of benzodiazepines at acute admission to a psychiatric acute department

  Legal (n = 89) Illegal (n = 30) No (n = 108) All (n = 227) P
Demographics      
   Women1 (%) 56 (63) 16 (53) 50 (46) 122 (54) Ns
   Age2 45.1 35.5 36.0 39.5 <0.001
Use of medications      
   Antipsychotics1 (%) 31 (35) 4 (13) 31 (29) 66 (29) Ns
   Antidepressants1,3 (%) 34 (38) 10 (33) 23 (21) 67 (30) 0.031
   Mood stabilizers1 (%) 12 (13) 4 (13) 9 (8) 25 (11) Ns
   Number of prescribed psychotropic medications, not including benzodiazepines4 1.58 1.17 0.96 1.23 <0.001
  1. 1Chi-square test with 95% confidence intervals computed for each square if Chi-square test is significant.
  2. 2One-Way ANOVA test with Post Hoc Tamhane's tests, legal users were older than no users (P < 0.001) and older than illegal users (P = 0.004).
  3. 3No users of benzodiazepines used less antidepressants than legal users.
  4. 4Kruskal-Wallis tests with Post Hoc Mann- Whitney U tests, legal users used more other psychiatric medications than no users (p < 0.001).