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Table 4 Most frequently psychoactive drug classes taken at study entry, in the first 7 days of hospitalisation and prescribed at discharge (numbers are patients; percentages in brackets refer to total amount of treated/prescribed patients).

From: An observational study in psychiatric acute patients admitted to General Hospital Psychiatric Wards in Italy

DRUG CLASSES Study entry During first 7 days Prescribed at discharge
Benzodiazepines 286 (60.0) 588 (85.7) 470 (69.5)
Typical anti-psychotic drugs 228 (48.3) 391 (57.0) 335 (49.6)
Atypical anti-psychotic drugs 168 (35.6) 287 (41.8) 269 (39.8)
Antidepressants 193 (40.9) 335 (48.8) 292 (43.2)
Mood stabilisers 113 (23.9) 186 (27.1) 197 (29.1)
Other drugs 86 (18.2) 165 (24.1) 122 (18.0)
  1. No. of patients treated at study entry: 472; No. of patients treated during the first 7 days of hospitalisation: 686; No. of patients prescribed at discharge: 676