• Darshana Bennadi Sri Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital, SAHE University,Tumkur, Karnataka, India
  • Nandita K
  • Mythri H


: Self medication, Dental students, Drug use, Antibiotics and Analgesics


Back ground: The concept of self medication which encourages individuals to look after minor ailments with simple and effective remedies has been adopted worldwide3-6. Evidently, there has been an increasing interest to gauge the self medication trends in a developing country like India.

Methodology: A descriptive cross sectional survey includes dental students (UGs & PGs) of Sri Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital, Tumkur, India using a self administered structured questionnaire written in English and validated through a pilot survey was conducted.

Results: The study comprises of 180 students aged between 18-30years. 100% of the subjects accepted that they have used medicines of their own without consulting a doctor in the preceding one year to treat illness. And 94% of them said no adverse consequences by self medication.

Conclusion: High level of education and professional status were predictive factors for selfâ€medication. This observation among Dental students is possibly due to their education on drug use and related pharmacology; however, as this knowledge is incomplete in certain aspects it may spell out dangerous outcomes.

Keywords: Self medication, Dental students, Drug use, Antibiotics and Analgesics.

Author Biography

Darshana Bennadi, Sri Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital, SAHE University,Tumkur, Karnataka, India

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry


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How to Cite

Bennadi, D., N. K, and M. H. “SELF MEDICATION PROFILE AMONG DENTAL STUDENTS, TUMKUR, INDIA”. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, vol. 6, no. 8, Sept. 2013, pp. 210-2,