Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003094
Title: A survey on consequences of self-medication versus prescribed medication
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: The aim of the present study was to compare pattern of self-medication and prescribed medication among the population in Chennai, India, and to tabulate results and thereby creating awareness on population. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire consisting of 15 questions were framed based on knowledge and usage of self-administered drugs as well as prescribed drugs. They were given to 100 people aged between 20 and 50 years without any gender difference. This study has a self-developed questionnaire, related to various aspects of self-medication and prescribed medication. A pre-tested interviewed administered questionnaire, with 17 questions was distributed to participants. Results: Among 100 respondents, 72 respondents practice self-medication, while only 28 people choose prescribed the medication by a registered medical practitioner. Adverse reactions, lack of knowledge about dose, the frequency of administration, and chances of taking the wrong medicine were the major drawbacks of self-medication reported. The frequently reported illness that prompted self- medication includes headache, cough, fever, diarrhea, and acidity. Conclusion: Usage of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs was highest among common population. Time consumption for consultation, financial crisis, availability of OTC drugs, and the predictability of doctor’s general prescription were the commonly mentioned reasons for self-medication. Hence, proper education and awareness must be created to help patients decide on proper medications.

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    E. P. Thejeswar1 , Anitha Roy1 *, Thummala Bhagya Lakshmi 2

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    1 Department of Pharmacology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Anitha Roy, Department of Pharmacology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    E. P. Thejeswar1 , Anitha Roy1 *, Thummala Bhagya Lakshmi 2

    Title:A survey on consequences of self-medication versus prescribed medication
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (December [ Special Issue 5 ])
    Year:2018
    Page No: (3910-3914)
  • Experimental Methods Keywords

    Methodology:Awareness, Over the counter, Prescribed drugs, Self-medication,A questionnaire based study
    Research Materials:Antibiotics

Keywords

Antibiotics Awareness Over the counter Prescribed drugs Self-medication

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