Amin, Sadia; Abid, Farah; Javeed, Aqeel; Ashraf, Muhammad; Riaz, Amjad; Mushtaq, Muhammad Hassan; Ghafoor, Aamir; Anees, Muhammad; Yaqoob, Muhammad
July 2014
Science International;Jul/Aug2014, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p1181
Academic Journal
This cross sectional study was done on a sample of 400 undergraduate pharmacy students (mean age=22 ±3 years) from a university of Pakistan to determine the frequency of self-medication with analgesics. A validated questionnaire was designed and dually approved by concerned authorities. Permission was also acquired from the Head of the University. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The data revealed that 312(78%) students used self-medicated themselves for the pain treatment. It was observed that the most common reason for self-medication with analgesics was previous experience to use the particular analgesic (61.54%). The most common symptom was headache/migraine (51.60%). The commonly used analgesic was paracetamol (38.78%). The most prevalent reason for self-medication with analgesic among students was the previous recommendation by physician (51.92%) and the concept among students regarding self-medication with analgesics was that they had a complete knowledge of pharmacology of drug including its adverse reactions (53.21%). 82.5%students thought that it was necessary to consult a doctor only before taking a new medicine. Study showed that there is high frequency of Self-medication with analgesics among undergraduate pharmacy students. There is also a need to educate students to ensure safe practices.


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