Self-medication among medical students in Anbar and Fallujah Universities – Iraq

Self medication among medical students - Iraq

  • Ameel Al Shawi Community Medicine department
Keywords: Medical students, self - medication, Falluja university, 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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Al Shawi A. Self-medication among medical students in Anbar and Fallujah Universities – Iraq. JFacMedBagdad [Internet]. 7Mar.2019 [cited 9May2021];60(3). Available from: