Summary: Psychotropic drugs are widely used in non-psychiatric areas. Psychotropic drugs are also frequently choosen for therapies of physical hherapy and rehabilitation (PTR) patients.
In this paper, to determine the rate of psychotropic drug use and their classes were aimed in the population of inpatient PTR patients in Traya University School of Medicine PTR department, during the one year period.
Two-hundred and fifteen cases were reached retrospectively and their inpatient diagnosis, diesease durations and sociodemographic data were collected.
Seventeen point two percent of patients were using psychotropic drugs. Most frequently used medication were antidepressants. Anxiolytics and antipsychotics followed the antidepressants. Psychotropic drug use was higher in women. Chronic cases were using psychotropic drugs more frequent than the group of patients’ with disease duration shorter than 6 months. These differences were statistically significant.
As a result, roughly 20% of inpatient PTR patients are prescribed psychotropics but this patient group is generally aged and chronic in nature. So, sensitivity to the side effects of the psychotropic drugs are expected to be high and side effects in psychotropic drug therapy must be carefully controlled. Psychotropics must be used in optimum dosage and duration.
Key words: Psychotropic drugs, physical therapy and rehabilitation, inpatient