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Milani, Sadaf Arefi and Raji, Mukaila A and Chen, Lu and Kuo, Yong-Fang (2021) Trends in the use of benzodiazepines, z-hypnotics, and serotonergic drugs among US women and men before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. JAMA Network Open, 4, (10), e2131012. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.31012.

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Question: What are the changes in prescribing rates in men and women of benzodiazepines, Z-hypnotics, and serotonergic drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020 and 2021) compared with prior years (2018 and 2019)?

Findings: This cohort study of US adults (15.1 million to 17.3 million depending on the year studied) found an increase in Z-hypnotic and serotonergic drug prescriptions in both men and women along with an increase in benzodiazepine prescriptions in women at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meaning: These findings suggest a substantial association of COVID-19–associated social isolation, stay-at-home orders, and other COVID-related mitigation measures with mental health issues, especially among women.


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