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Table 1 Drug classes used for parasuicide purposes and their relative frequency of use.

From: Parasuicide and drug self-poisoning: analysis of the epidemiological and clinical variables of the patients admitted to the Poisoning Treatment Centre (CAV), Niguarda General Hospital, Milan

Pharmacological class No. of subjects % frequency
Benzodiazepines 118 58.7
Classic neuroleptics 34 16.9
Atypical antipsychotics 9 4.4
SSRIs, SNRIs, NASSAs 26 12.9
TCAs 11 5.4
Mood stabilizers 12 5.9
Anticholinergics 4 1.9
Antiepileptics 4 1.9
NSAIDs 21 10.4
Antihypertensives 15 7.4
Antispastics, prokinetic antidiarrhoics 8 3.9
Antiallergics 6 2.9
Antibiotics 4 1.9
Diuretics 3 1.4
Hypoglycemic agents 4 1.9
Antiemetics 2 0.9
Antiarrhythmics 2 0.9
Alcohol 23 11.4
Substances of abuse and methadone 3 1.4
Miscellaneous 11 5.4
  1. SSRIs: Serotonin Selective Re-uptake inhibitors; SNRIs: Serotinin Noradrenaline Re-uptake Inhibitors; NASSAs: Noradrenaline Selective Serotonin Antidepressants; TCAs: Tricyclic Antidepressants; NSAIDs: Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs