Volume : 08, Issue : 01, January – 2021
17. FREQUENCY OF SELF-MEDICATION AMONG PATIENTS PRESENTING WITH FEVER IN OPD
Dr. Muhammad Bin Usman, Dr. Mehrosh Shahbaz, Dr. Muhammad Nabeel Nasir
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. This cross-sectional study was conducted among outdoor patients presenting with complaints of fever in different hospitals. Name, age, gender, disease duration, whether they do self-medication or not, reasons of self-medication were noted on a predefined proforma. All the data was entered and analyzed with SPSS Ver. 23.0. There were 125 patients included in this study. The mean age of the patients was 36.12¬±2.11 years. There were 65 males [52%] and 60 females [48%] in this study. Out of 125 patients, 23 patients had history of self-medication i.e. they took medicines on their own for fever. When asked about the reasons few told that they already had experienced similar kind of fever in the past and few patients said that they took paracetamol only for fever which is commonly used for fever.
Keywords : Self-Medication
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Please cite this article in press Muhammad Bin Usman et al, Frequency Of Self-Medication Among Patients Presenting With Fever In OPD., Indo Am. J. P. Sci, 2021; 08.
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