SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICE AMONG FIRST YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY, UNIVERSITY OF LAHORE

Authors

  • Ayesha Siddique 77-D, Model Town, Lahore-54000
  • Hina Mahmood Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sheik Zayed Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Sara Mukhtar Department of Physiology, University College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Lahore
  • Qurrat ul-ain Leghari Department of Physiology, University College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Lahore
  • Shamaila Saleem Department of Physiology, University College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Lahore
  • Maimoona Nasreen Department of Physiology, University College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Lahore

Keywords:

Self-medication, Medical students, Lahore

Abstract

Self-medication is the use of medicines by individuals themselves for the treatment of self-diagnosed ailments/conditions. The objective of this study was to assess the pattern of self-medication practice among the 1st year MBBS and BDS students of University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UMCD), Lahore. Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire based study was conducted amongst 1st year medical students and were selected according to inclusion and exclusion criteria. A structured questionnaire was administered. Purpose of the study was explained to students and confidentiality was ensured. Results: Seventy-four percent of the students practiced self-medication and 26% did not. It was observed that antibiotics (42%) were amongst the commonest drugs used followed by cough suppressants (20%). Most students (62%) reported to use self-medication to save time. Sixty-five percent reported that they recovered completely by self-medication, 21% had other problems, 10% had prolonged morbidity and 4% developed complications. Conclusion: Self-medication is widely practiced among medical students of UCMD, Lahore.

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Published

30-06-2015

How to Cite

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Siddique A, Mahmood H, Mukhtar S, Leghari Q ul- ain, Saleem S, Nasreen M. SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICE AMONG FIRST YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY, UNIVERSITY OF LAHORE. Pak J Phsyiol [Internet]. 2015 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jun. 22];11(2):20-1. Available from: https://pjp.pps.org.pk/index.php/PJP/article/view/839