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Table 5 Top 10 most common prescription medication classes in patients aged 85+ by sex

From: Medical characteristics of the oldest old: retrospective chart review of patients aged 85+ in an academic primary care centre

  Males Females Overall
Rank Medication class % Medication class % Medication class %
1 Statins 59.8 Analgesics, non-opioid 50.4 Analgesics, non-opioid 50.2
2 Analgesics, non-opioid 49.8 Bisphosphonates 47.3 Statins 47.9
3 Beta-blockers 42.6 Statins 40.8 Beta-blockers 36.7
4 Ace-inhibitors 42.1 Calcium (alone or in combination with Vitamin D) 36.6 Bisphosphonates 34.4
5 Anti-thrombotic agents 35.9 CCBs 35.5 CCBs 34.0
6 PPIs 35.4 Beta-blockers 33.2 PPIs 33.3
7 BPH drugs 35.4 Thiazide diuretics (alone or in combination with other drugs) 32.7 Ace-inhibitors 33.3
8 CCBs 31.6 PPIs 32.1 Thiazide diuretics (alone or in combination with other drugs) 31.4
9 Drugs for constipation 30.6 Drugs for constipation 30.4 Drugs for constipation 30.5
10 Thiazide diuretics (alone or in combination with other drugs) 29.2 Ace-inhibitors 28.2 Calcium (alone or in combination with Vitamin D) 30.3
  1. The bolded medications are for symptom relief. PPIs, proton pump inhibitors; BPH drugs, benign prostatic hypertrophy drugs; CCBs, calcium channel blockers.