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Table 2 Prescription of asthma medication by age group and type of medication

From: Prescription of respiratory medication without an asthma diagnosis in children: a population based study

  Age groups
  0–2 3–5 6–8 9–11 12–14 15–17 Total
  n = 9,030 n = 12,690 n = 13,357 n = 13,521 n = 13,087 n = 12,895 n = 74,580
Prescription of asthma medication 11.7 10.2 7.5 6.3 5.6 5.1 7.5
Therapy groups, %
   SABA 36.9 24.9 28.0 32.2 40.4 40.5 32.7
   ICS 19.5 22.9 23.1 20.5 16.3 19.6 20.7
   SABA + ICS 35.0 45.3 43.4 40.0 36.7 30.9 39.4
   Other medicines 8.6 7.0 5.5 7.3 6.6 9.0 7.2
1 prescription 58.1 52.5 48.3 52.3 52.6 53.7 52.9
2 prescriptions 20.2 21.1 21.9 21.0 19.7 20.2 20.8
≥3 prescriptions 21.7 26.5 29.8 26.7 27.8 26.0 26.3
  1. SABA = short acting beta2-agonists; ICS = inhaled corticosteroids
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