What Top 4 Most Prescribed Drugs says about England population.
The Health Survey For England 2013 reported the 4 classes of medicine below as the top 4 most prescribed in uk.
1. Lipid-lowering medicines: This class of drug lowers the level of bad lipids in the body. Lifestyle behaviours greatly impact lipid levels. If lifestyle changes such as diet and fitness does not work, the most common lipid lowering medicine is Statin. Current press release on statins HERE.
2. Anti-hypertensive medicines: Hypertension is caused by high blood pressure in the body. If left uncontrolled, it will put strain on the heart and blood vessels. This in return will increase the risk of stroke or heart attack.
3. Proton pump inhibitors: This class of drugs reduces the production of acid by the stomach. Proton pump inhibitors are used to treat acid reflux, indigestion, peptic ulceration.
4. Analgesics and/or NSAIDs: Commonly know as Painkillers. NSAIDs will reduce inflammation while some analgesics block pain receptors. Read the 7 most important facts every one should know about paracetamol HERE.
What drugs will feature in a few years?
Current trends involves increase research into Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer. This classes of medicine will take the lead in future prescribing league.