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Women on far more psycho drugs than men

The Local · 26 Jun 2012, 14:29

Published: 26 Jun 2012 14:29 GMT+02:00

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The 2012 drug prescribing report from the Barmer GEK, a statutory insurer which covers nearly 9.1 million people, shows women are being prescribed psycho-active drugs in such numbers that lasting side-effects should be expected, the authors warned.

The difference cannot be justified medically, contravene guidelines and increase the risk of dependence and addiction, the insurer said in a statement.

Author of the study Gerd Glaeske estimated there were around 1.2 million people in Germany who were addicted to tranquilizers and sleeping pills. Two thirds of these people were older women, he said.

One possible reason for the discrepancy between women and men could be that women were more likely to speak with their doctors about psychological problems – but he said many doctors were also prescribing incorrectly.

He told the Die Welt newspaper that drug dependency typically started for women when they were between 45 and 50 years old – when the children leave home. But many start taking pain killers earlier for period pain or migraines, he said.

In general women were more often given psycho-active drugs, while men were more likely to be given other drugs, such as those designed to affect the cardio-vascular system.

On average women are prescribed drugs 9.37 times a year, while men on average get 7.63 prescriptions a year.

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Your comments about this article

18:53 June 26, 2012 by Landmine
Don't imagine any single guy who's been around the block would be surprised to know this after running into all the doped up women that are out there!!!!
19:30 June 26, 2012 by MydogMax
Can't really blame them, you should see how some of the German blokes act and overall treat there Frau. I think the German have some of the most strongest and kind hearted woman on earth.. :-) my wife told me so :-) Aussie living in Germany
00:19 June 27, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
wish I could comment on this story in a way that wouldn't be vaguely mysogynistic.

But I can't.

00:34 June 27, 2012 by pepsionice
The truth is that you could offer up all the drugs you want to most German men, and they'd just decline. Just a beer or two....and half-an-hour chat with a bartender....is typically enough to fix a German guy's problem.
01:53 June 27, 2012 by DOZ
Everybody knows that.
02:36 June 27, 2012 by Yurallridiculous
Well considering that Germany is a touch backwards with respect to laws that promote women to stay home and have babies as well as the lack of daycares that essentially forces that issue....combined with recent surveys stating German men are bad lovers...is anyone at all surprised by this? I'd want to be on anti-depressants too.
16:42 June 27, 2012 by TheWonderer
Quote: "Women on far more psycho drugs than men."

Hmmm. That may explain... ;-)

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