Table 2

Details on benzodiazepine prescriptions, 2017

N% of all benzodiazepine prescriptions
Panel A: prescribed benzodiazepines ( n = 75 130 )
Anxiolitics (N05BA)
 Intermediate acting
  Lorazepam29 94539.9
  Oxazepam12 29816.4
  Alprazolam58437.8
  Lorazepam+Diphenhydramine15572.1
 Long acting
  Bromazepam984013.1
  Clorazepate37825.0
  Prazepam11221.5
  Others (ie, diazepam, clobazam, kétazolam)4560.6
  Hypnotics and sedatives (N05CD)
 Short acting
  Midazolam35244.7
  Triazolam20392.7
 Intermediate acting
  Lormatezepam7551.0
  Temazepam3660.5
 Long acting
  Flurazepam24613.3
  Flunitrazepam8381.1
  Nitrazepam2840.4
MeanSDMedianIQR
Panel B: prescriptions among users ( n = 14 072 )
No. of benzodiazepine prescriptions4.945.4346
DDD111.23145.4060128
Mean daily dose0.851.650.700.62
No. of different prescribers1.250.5710
No. of different drugs prescribed (any type)*10.27.299
N%
No. of benzodiazepine prescriptions
 1383927.3
 2–5527837.5
 5–10342724.4
 10+152810.9
DDD
 0–30504635.9
 30–90337124.0
 90–180314222.3
 180–360171312.2
 360+8005.7
Estimated treatment duration (days)
 0–15293620.1
 15–90209514.9
 90–180218215.5
 180–270244017.3
 270+441931.4
Mean daily dose
 0–0.5531737.8
 0.5–1689350.0
 1–2142910.2
 2+4333.1
  • *Total number of prescriptions of different therapeutic/pharmacological subgroups (ATC 4-digit).

  • DDD, defined daily dose.