Russians purchased 15% more antidepressants, tranquilizers and antipsychotics from August 15 to September 11, 2022 than in the same period a year earlier, Izvestia learned.
In total, during this time, citizens bought over 2.5 million packages of such drugs, spending almost 1.5 billion rubles on this. This is evidenced by the data of the DSM Group, prepared for Izvestia.
According to analysts, the most popular drugs (judging by the amount of revenue) were drugs under the brands Afobazol, Cipralex and Grandaxin. The last two are available by prescription.
An increased demand for sedatives and sleeping pills, as well as antidepressants, is observed at the end of February, Victoria Presnyakova, director of the Association of Independent Pharmacies SRO, head of the alliance of pharmaceutical associations, noted in an interview with Izvestia.
“This is due to the general alarming background caused by the geopolitical and economic situation. People buy not only over-the-counter drugs, but also prescription drugs. Doctors say that a lot of patients come to them with similar ailments for the first time. Seasonality also plays a big role. Traditionally, in spring and autumn, the demand for these groups of drugs increases,” she explained.
At the same time, there is no shortage of sedatives in pharmacies, the expert added. In total, from the beginning of the year to mid-September, interest in such drugs increased by 30% compared to the same period in 2021. During this time, the Russians bought 25.6 million packages of sedatives for a total of almost 15 billion rubles, according to DSM Group.
Analysts recorded the largest surge in demand from February 28 to March 20. These days, citizens purchased on average twice as many packages of medicines as in the same time period in 2021.
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