Medication use reported for females during physician office visits (rate per 100 visits), by age, 2002 (vertical bar chart): Cardiovascular/renal drugs: under 15 years, 0.7; 15-24 years, 2.1; 25-44 years, 6.7; 45-64 years, 26.3; 65-74 years, 45.5; 75 years and older, 59.8. Central nervous system drugs: under 15 years, 4.2; 15-24 years, 10.6; 25-44 years, 18.5; 45-64 years, 18.3; 65-74 years, 14.1; 75 years and older, 14.2. Hormone therapy drugs: under 15 years, 3.1; 15-24 years, 14.4; 25-44 years, 16.0; 45-64 years, 25.4; 65-74 years, 25.3; 75 years and older, 21.2. Pain relief drugs: under 15 years, 7.1; 15-24 years, 11.5; 25-44 years, 14.2; 45-64 years, 18.2; 65-74 years, 21.4; 75 years and older, 25.9. Respiratory tract drugs: under 15 years, 24.4; 15-24 years, 20.7; 25-44 years, 17.5; 45-64 years, 17.0; 65-74 years, 15.6; 75 years and older, 13.9.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2002. Analysis conducted by the Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center.