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Table 1 Total number of prescriptions of methylphenidate, dexamfetamine and atomoxetine recorded from 2003 to 2008

From: The epidemiology of pharmacologically treated attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults in UK primary care

  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Total
Total Number of Prescriptions 11,441 14,763 17,906 22,108 26,205 26,506 118,929
Methylphenidate (n, % of total prescriptions) 11,053 (96.6) 14,233 (96.4) 16,058 (89.7) 19,710 (89.2) 23,255 (88.7) 23,476 (88.6) 107,785 (90.6)
Dexamfetamine (n, % of total prescriptions) 388 (3.4) 352 (2.4) 433 (2.4) 487 (2.2) 494 (1.9) 484 (1.8) 2,638 (2.2)
Atomoxetine (n, % of total prescriptions) N/A* 178 (1.2) 1,415 (7.9) 1,911 (8.6) 2,456 (9.4) 2,546 (9.6) 8506 (7.2)
  1. *N/A: no prescriptions for atomoxetine were issued on the database to a patient in this study in the year 2003; it was marketed in the UK starting 2004.