Prevalence of psychoactive drug consumption in an obese population

Maria A. Cerdá Esteve, Diego Barral Tafalla, Mindaugas Gudelis, Albert Goday, Magi Farre Albaladejo, Juan F. Cano

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Objective: To establish the prevalence of psychoactive drug consumption in an obese population. Material and methods: We collected data from the clinical records of obese patients attending the Endocrinology and Nutrition Department and Psychiatry Department of Hospital del Mar between June 2005 and May 2006 (n=259). We recorded anthropometric, epidemiological and toxicological data. We also investigated the prevalence of concomitant diseases in this population. Results: Psychoactive drugs were consumed by 37% of obese patients, mainly antidepressants (27%), anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, and anticonvulsants. Moreover, 15% of all patients received combination treatment with two or more psychoactive drugs, mostly the association of an antidepressant and an antiepileptic drug. Conclusion: The prevalence of psychoactive drug consumption in our sample was higher than prevalence data observed in the general population, with antidepressant consumption being three-fold higher. © 2009 SEEN.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-159
JournalEndocrinologia y Nutricion
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010


  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Prevalence
  • Psychoactive drugs


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