Self-medication among medical students in Anbar and Fallujah Universities – Iraq
Self medication among medical students - Iraq
Self -medication(SM) is worldwide issue, that have serious adverse effects on individuals and communities
A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among medical students in Anbar and Fallujah Universities during the period from February to March 2018. The subjects were asked to fill a questionnaire that consisted from questions for age, gender, educational level, and employment status, in addition, questions for self-medication history.
The results revealed that 73% of medical students had practice of self- medication. Higher prevalence of self-medication was among students of 5th study year. Antibiotics was most frequent medicine that used by 137 (49.6%) of the participants, followed by analgesic (29%), and supplements by 40 (14.5%). The most reasons for using self-medication were previous prescription and advising of pharmacists.
High prevalence of self- medication among medical students in Falluja & Anbar Universities and there was statistical significant association between gender and self- medication practice.
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