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국내 체중 감량 약물 사용 현황: 자발적으로 온라인에 게시한 처방적 분석

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Author(s)
이소영이지은김미리정은아조은
Issued Date
2023-11-30
Keyword
ObesityOff-label usePolypharmacyPrescription drugsWeight loss
Abstract
Background: Multiple medications have been used for weight loss (WL); however, research on the regimens of WL treatment in Korea have been limited. This study aimed to characterize the medications prescribed for WL in real-world settings.
Methods: The study sample comprised WL prescriptions (Rxs) shared via a portal site for 1 year (from June 2022 to May 2023). WL drugs were classified into four categories: (1) on-label WL drugs; (2) off-label WL drugs; (3) medication-induced symptom management drugs; (4) dietary supplements and others. We calculated prescribing occurrence rates for each category and drugs. Further, we investigated the usage of off-label and psychotropic drug prescribing.
Results: The study sample included 66 Rxs consisting of 63 active ingredients. The average number of medications per Rxs was seven (range, 1–13). Acetaminophen/caffeine/(pseudo)ephedrine (59.1%) and topiramate (54.5%) were the most commonly used medicines. The most frequently prescribed drug regimen involved a combination of on-label WL, off-label WL, and medication-induced symptom management drugs.
Conclusion: Psychotropic appetite suppressants have been prescribed with unapproved WL drugs or psychotropic anti-anxiety/hypnotics. Further research is needed to provide evidence on drug combinations to ensure the safety of WL treatments.
Publisher
심사평가연구소
DOI
10.52937/hira.23.3.2.e6
URI
https://repository.hira.or.kr/handle/2019.oak/3175
Alternative Title
The Use of Weight Loss Medication in Korea: An Analysis of Prescriptions Voluntarily Posted Online
Publisher
심사평가연구소
Location
KOR
Citation
이소영. (2023-11-30). 국내 체중 감량 약물 사용 현황: 자발적으로 온라인에 게시한 처방적 분석. HIRA Research, 3(2), 182–195. doi: 10.52937/hira.23.3.2.e6
ISSN
2765-6764 ; 2765-7353
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