Table 1

Summary statistics on medicine usage, including the percentage of each category taken, the mean number taken and the percentage of each prescribed (n=18 272)

Individuals taking each medicine (%)Mean number of medicines taken*Percentage of medicines prescribed (%)
CategoryMaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemale
Cardiovascular system24.321.32.72.497.797.0
Gastrointestinal system12.114.61.21.394.992.4
CNS (central nervous system)9.616.01.31.392.590.4
CNS pain15.521.41.51.583.679.4
Respiratory system8.18.41.81.999.199.3
Infection2.92.71.61.194.796.7
Endocrine system3.49.31.21.299.698.5
Contraception0.07.50.01.0NA97.3
Chemotherapy/immunosuppressant0.20.31.31.2100100
Musculoskeletal system4.59.81.21.363.174.6
Eye1.82.51.31.396.591.6
Allergy4.24.61.21.178.379.4
Weight loss0.40.51.01.071.483.6
Smoking cessation0.10.11.11.010091.9
Dietary supplements9.317.31.51.527.725.5
Skin3.14.11.51.492.285.1
Diabetes4.12.61.51.499.399.8
Genito-urinary system3.31.41.11.094.499.0
Gout1.60.31.21.296.898.6
Other2.63.51.11.172.547.1
Any category49.362.23.73.688.182.5
  • Estimates weighted by age, gender, deprivation.

  • *Individuals not taking each medicine excluded.