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Table 7 Top 10 most common prescription medication classes by age group

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

  85-89 yrs 90-94 yrs 95+ yrs
Rank Medication class % Medication class % Medication class %
1 Statins 54.3 Analgesics, non-opioid 46.2 Analgesics, non-opioid 53.1
2 Analgesics, non-opioid 51.8 CCBs 43.4 Beta-blockers 40.6
3 Beta-blockers 37.3 Drugs for constipation 38.7 Bisphosphonates 40.6
4 Ace-inhibitors 34.5 Bisphosphonates 38.7 Drugs for constipation 37.5
5 PPIs 34.0 Statins 37.6 CCBs 37.5
6 Thiazide diuretics (alone or in combination with other drugs) 32.6 Beta-blockers 34.7 Calcium (alone or in combination with Vitamin D) 34.4
7 Bisphosphonates 31.8 Ace-inhibitors 34.7 Statins 31.3
8 Anti-thrombotic Agents 31.5 PPIs 32.9 Analgesics, opioids 31.3
9 Calcium (alone or in combination with Vitamin D) 31.2 Thiazide diuretics (alone or in combination with other drugs) 31.2 PPIs 28.1
10 CCBs 29.2 Thyroid therapy (hormone replacement or antithyroid) 30.1 Angiotensin II-antagonists, plain 28.1