Prevalence of Self Medication Practices among Dental Undergraduates Students
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The aim of this study is to assess the self-medication practice among dental students.
Materials and Method
The descriptive cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted among 100 patients reporting to the Saveetha Dental college. The patients were requested to answer the questionnaire. Datas were collected and analysed.
Self-medication is universal phenomenon and it is widely practiced worldwide and often considered as a use of self-care. Self Medication means taking drugs without the advice of a physician and getting treatment.
Findings revealed that 58% Respondent claimed to be involved in self medication. Drugs or drug groups commonly used for self-medication included analgesics (38%) followed by antibiotics (17%), antipyretics (15%), antidiarrhoeal (13%), antihistamines and antacids (6%) and vitamin tablets (5%). The disease for which self medications were commonly used were cough and common cold (35%) followed by fever (30%), diaarhoea (10%), allergy (8%), headache (6%), nausea and vomiting (7%) and ulcers (4%). 69% had no side effects and 31% had side effects
Self medications, Prevalence, dental students, questionnaire study.