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Pattern of drug usage among medical students in Tumkur, Karnataka

Rajesh B, Dharani Devangi R, Waseem Anjum.

Abstract
Background: Scheduled drugs are also purchased without prescriptions, which is a cause for concern. Educational status is an important determinant of self-medication. Student drug use surveys provide an essential source of information about the prevalence and frequency of drug use, associated harms, socio-demographic correlates, and identification of high-risk groups in a youth population. Self-medication is more common among medical students because of easy access to drug information and drugs.

Aims and Objective: The present study was undertaken to identify the patterns of self-medication among medical students.

Materials and Methods: The study was carried out among medical students studying in the Shridevi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Hospital, Tumkur, by questionnaire-based interview.

Results: Among 267 students interviewed, 66.8% took self-medications, 24.6% followed the prescriptions. The number of students using self-medications was significantly higher (P < 0.05). Monotherapy was more among students taking medicines without medical advice (83.15%), whereas polytherapy was more common among prescription medication users (83.33%). There was a significant difference between the number of students reporting satisfaction with self-medication and prescription use.

Conclusion: Self-medication among medical students was significantly higher, but the outcome was unsatisfactory to them.

Key words: Drug Utilization; Self-medication; Prescription Medication


 
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Rajesh B, Dharani Devangi R, Waseem Anjum. Pattern of drug usage among medical students in Tumkur, Karnataka. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2017; 7(2): 214-217. doi:10.5455/njppp.2017.7.0824827082016


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Rajesh B, Dharani Devangi R, Waseem Anjum. Pattern of drug usage among medical students in Tumkur, Karnataka. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2017; 7(2): 214-217. doi:10.5455/njppp.2017.7.0824827082016



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Rajesh B, Dharani Devangi R, Waseem Anjum. Pattern of drug usage among medical students in Tumkur, Karnataka. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. (2017), [cited December 03, 2022]; 7(2): 214-217. doi:10.5455/njppp.2017.7.0824827082016



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Rajesh B, Dharani Devangi R, Waseem Anjum (2017) Pattern of drug usage among medical students in Tumkur, Karnataka. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol, 7 (2), 214-217. doi:10.5455/njppp.2017.7.0824827082016



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Rajesh B, Dharani Devangi R, Waseem Anjum. 2017. Pattern of drug usage among medical students in Tumkur, Karnataka. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 7 (2), 214-217. doi:10.5455/njppp.2017.7.0824827082016



Chicago Style

Rajesh B, Dharani Devangi R, Waseem Anjum. "Pattern of drug usage among medical students in Tumkur, Karnataka." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 7 (2017), 214-217. doi:10.5455/njppp.2017.7.0824827082016



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Rajesh B, Dharani Devangi R, Waseem Anjum. "Pattern of drug usage among medical students in Tumkur, Karnataka." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 7.2 (2017), 214-217. Print. doi:10.5455/njppp.2017.7.0824827082016



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Rajesh B, Dharani Devangi R, Waseem Anjum (2017) Pattern of drug usage among medical students in Tumkur, Karnataka. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 7 (2), 214-217. doi:10.5455/njppp.2017.7.0824827082016