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Abstract

SELF CARE AND SELF-MEDICATION IN KHAMMAM DISTRICT, TELANGANA STATE

G. Nagaraju*, G. Sirisha and T. Hiranmai

ABSTRACT

The study was aimed at assessing the magnitude and factors of self-medication among various regions in Khammam district. A cross sectional study with 6 month illness recall was conducted. Most commonly used drugs like paracetamol (92.26%), saridon (95.82%), nimusulide (50%), citrizen (92.26%) were obtained from the pharmacy. common reported illness werefever and head-ache followed by cough and common cold. Prior experience and the non-seriousness of the illness were top reported factors for self-medication. Reading materials were the top reported source of information. In conclusion, self-medication was practiced with a range of drugs from the conventional anti pains to antibiotics though 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, Illness, Health Professionals.


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