Dr Sidra Saeed, Dr Tooba Sahar, Dr Jamshaid Akhtar, Dr Uswa E Hasna
Background: Self-medication is a human behavior in which an individual uses a substance or any exogenous influence to self-administer treatment for physical or psychological ailments. The most widely self-medicated substances are over-the-counter drugs used to treat common health issues at home, as well as dietary supplements. These don't require a doctor's prescription to obtain and, in some countries, are easily available in supermarkets and convenience stores. Methods: A Cross Sectional study was conducted at Gujranwala Medical College, Gujranwala from May to June 2016, to Assess Self- Medication among students of Gujranwala Medical College, Gujranwala. In this regard a semi structured; pretested Questionnaire was used to get responses from 100 students of GMC by simple random sampling. And then data was analyzed by the software SPSS version 24. Results: Of a total of 100 students, (99%) of them practiced self-medication. Most drugs for self-medication were obtained from the community pharmacies; and the most commonly used drug was Panadol. Commonly reported illness was fever (57.6%) followed by pains and sore throats (both 47.5%). Convenience was the top reported factors for self-medication. Indications for use (66.7%) was the top reported reason for self-medication. Conclusion: In conclusion, self-medication was practiced with a range of drugs from the conventional analgesics to antibiotics. Although the practice of self-medication is inevitable; drug authorities and health professionals need to educate students about the pros and cons of self-medication. Keywords: Self-medication, antibiotics, Gujranwala Medical College, medicine.