Journal: Journal of Pharmacy Research

Article Id: JPRS-PP-00001047
Title: Assessment of health complaints and use of medicines among adolescents in Tamil Nadu.
Category: Pharmacy practice
Section: Research Article
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    The period of adolescence is a period that is marked by anxiety associated with physical growth significant psychological development and changes in personal relationships. The stresses that adolescents experience may manifest themselves in psychosomatic health complaints. So we investigate self-reported health complaints and the use of medicines among adolescents in Komarapalyam, Tamil Nadu. A self-administered questionnaire was used to survey self-reported health complaints, the use and the sources of medicines that had been accessed, during the preceding 4 months. A stratified random sample design generated a sample size of 640 adolescents (aged 14-16 years). The health complaints and use of medicines that were investigated included hay fever, cold/cough, headache, skin problems, injuries, indigestion diarrhoea/constipation, eye and ear problems. Who formed the analytical sample, of which 57.2% were boys and 42.8 girls. The adolescents reported a total of 8 health complaints and 92.2% reported using at least 1 medicine during the preceding 4 months. The community pharmacy was cited as the most commonly accessed source for most of the medicines that were investigated. A proportion of 32.6% of the adolescents had taken at least 1 medicine without adult guidance during the preceding 4 months. Almost 32 % of those who had taken antibiotics had accessed them from the home medicine cabinet. A high proportion of adolescents reported the use of medicines to symptoms of common health complaints. A considerable proportion of adolescents in this study had obtained medicines without adult guidance. This highlights the importance of carefully designed education programs for adolescents about the proper use of medicines.

    Cite this article as: Arul Prakasam K. C and Senthil Kumar N,Assessment of health complaints and use of medicines among adolescents in Tamil Nadu,Journal of Pharmacy Research 2010, 3(12),2799-2801.

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    Arul Prakasam K. C* and Senthil Kumar N

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    Department of pharmacy practice,JKKMMRF College of pharmacy,Komarapalayam, Namakkal  Dist, Tamil Nadu 638 183, India.

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    Arul Prakasam K.C*
    Department of pharmacy practice
    JKKMMRF College of Pharmacy
    Komarapalayam(PO)
    Namakkal Dist
    Tamil Nadu 638 183,India


    Received on: 14-08-2010; Revised on: 23-10-2010; Accepted on:20-11-2010

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    Arul Prakasam K. C* and Senthil Kumar N

    Title:Assessment of health complaints and use of medicines among adolescents in Tamil Nadu.
    Journal:Journal of Pharmacy Research
    Vol(issue):3 (December)
    Year:2010
    Page No: (2799-2801)
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    Methodology:Assessment of health complaints and use of medicines
    Research Materials:Adolescent

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Adolescent. Drug Utilization and health complaints

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