New research from Roy Morgan has shown that nearly 90% of Australians take at least one medication in an average year
The latest Roy Morgan health and wellbeing data, compiled from the 12 months to December 2017, shows women are more likely than men – 92.6% compared to 84.8% – to have taken any medication in the last year.
The most widely taken type of medications come under the General Medications category, which includes aspirin, Panadol, Voltaren, Nurofen and the like; these are taken by 77.3% of Australians.
Coming in second place were Allergies/Antihistamine/Cold & flu medications, taken by 42.9% of Australians, including Sudafed, Benadryl, Claratyne, Telfast and others.
Vitamins/Supplements, taken by 42.5% of Australians, include Berocca, Blackmores, Swisse and Cenovis, while Digestive System medications such as Gaviscon, Quick-Eze, Mylanta, Nexium and the like are taken by 26.4% of Australians.
Women are more likely to take almost all types of medications than men with the exception of Heart & circulation medications, which are taken by 19.6% of men compared to 18.6% of women.
Roy Morgan says that women are also more likely to report experiencing an illness or condition over the last 12 months: more than 9.8 million women, or 96.2% of women, reported having an illness or condition in the last year compared to under 9.2 million men, or 92.6% of men.
Women seem to be more likely to be committed to dealing with their health and medical issues than men, says Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine.