Not just the smell: the mental damage of the corona


In recent months, there has been an increase in the purchase of antidepressants. Chairman of the Pharmacists’ Union: “Fear of the plague, loneliness and economic hardship have caused many people to become depressed

Not only the loss of taste and smell: corona symptoms, it turns out, also affect those who have not been infected with the virus at all, they also experience significant difficulties. This is reflected in a steep rise in the sale of antidepressants and medications.

In recent months, there has been a 25% jump in the consumption of sedatives, antidepressants and sleeping pills, according to a survey conducted by the Pharmacists’ Federation. According to a survey conducted at about 600 private pharmacies across the country, there is an increase in sedative prescriptions between the first half of 2019 versus the first half of 2020.

An individual examination revealed that prescription drugs for the treatment of anxiety recorded the significant increase – 28% more in the corona period than last year, along with “natural” preparations for the treatment of nervousness and insomnia that recorded a 24% increase in their consumption. Prescription antidepressants and antianxiety drugs such as Ciprofloxacin, Wabene, Klonox and sedatives also recorded a 21% increase. Regarding sleeping pills on a doctor’s prescription – there was an increase of 18%.

In a conversation with News 12, David Pepo, chairman of the Pharmacists’ Union, said that “the fear of the plague, the loneliness and the economic difficulties that have arisen in recent times have caused many people to sink into depression. The increase in the purchase of medicines is due both to the conditions created by the conduct during the corona and as a result of increased stockpiling due to fears of shortages. In such times of accessibility problems and closures, the ‘open prescription’ policy that allows any pharmacy to provide service to patients of all HMOs is important. “

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