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Journal of Preventive Medicine and Holistic Health

“Study of self-medication pattern among adults in Tumkur city”

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Author Details: Swetha R, Usha Rani

Volume : 2

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2454-6712

Print ISSN : 2454-6704

Article First Page : 13

Article End Page : 16


Introduction: Self-medication can be described as obtaining and consuming drugs without the advice of physician. In developing country like India, easy availability of wide range of drugs coupled with inadequate health services results increased use of self-medication compared to prescribed drugs. Present study was conducted to assess the patterns of self-medication in Tumkur.
Material and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted from august 2014 to December 2014 among the adult population in the field practice area of Sri Siddhartha Medical College. 152 adults were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire.
Results: Among 152 households surveyed, prevalence of self-medication was 53.95%. Majority of them got information regarding medications from the previous prescriptions (43.2%). Cough (20.23%) and headache (19.65%) were most common symptoms for which self-medication was practiced.
Conclusion: Present study shows high prevalence of self-medication. Education of both the public and health professionals is required to avoid complications arising from this practice.

Key word:
Self- medication, Prevalence, Analgesics