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Abstract

PATTERN AND ATTITUDES OF SELF MEDICATION PRACTICE OF PEOPLE ATTENDING COMMUNITY PHARMACIES

C. S. Manju*, Ihjaz Pichan, B. Anish and Muhammed Shajeel P.

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Taking medicines without a proper diagnosis and advice is not at all a good decision, because there is a fine balance between good and evil, that is between wanted and unwanted effects of a drug. The concept of self medication which encourages an individual to look after minor illness with simple remedies has been adopted worldwide. Most of the self medicating people are unaware of the medicine used for their self treatment. This study aims to monitor such self medication incidence and circumstances under which a person undergoes self medication. The present work was a cross sectional observational study to evaluate self medication pattern of people attending community pharmacies. The study analyzed source of medication used, reason for self medication, source of information about the medication used, self medication related problems, types of illness for which self medication is practiced and their attitude towards self medication. In this study self medication was found to be with male predominance. The major reason for self medication and source of information was previous experience. Fever, head ache gastro intestinal problems were the main conditions for which people go for self medication.

Keywords: Community Pharmacy, Attitude towards self medication, Reason for self medication, Self medication patterns.


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