Self medication practices – perspective of rural South India

Ummadi, Sushitha and Mullazhy Paramadam, Srujana and Easwaran, Vigneshwaran and Yiragam, Padmanabha reddy (2012) Self medication practices – perspective of rural South India. International journal of community pharmacy, 5. pp. 1-19.


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Self medication is defined as the use of medication by a Patient on his own initiative or on the advice of a Pharmacist or a lay person instead of consulting a medical practitioner Self‐medication differs from self‐care in that it involves drugs that may do well or cause harm, It is a descriptive cross sectional study has been conducted in rural parts of Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, India aims to evaluate knowledge attitude and practice of self medications. A total of 163 subjects were interviewed among that 13 subjects have been excluded due to incomplete response; Most of the study subjects practicing self-medication even if they are chronic and without the proper knowledge about it, different kinds of predictors were identified for self-medication practice, those predictors has to be evaluated to decrease irrational use of OTC medications or self medications. Our study shows that majority of the population had poor knowledge about appropriate self-medication, thus to avoid or minimize the problems with self medication, the patients should be educated about the dangers of indiscriminate usage of drugs, continuing pharmacy education must be provided to community pharmacists to improve the safe use of OTC medications

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Pharmacy
Divisions: College of Pharmacy > Pharmacy
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 11:03
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2017 11:03

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