SELF MEDICATION PROFILE AMONG DENTAL STUDENTS, TUMKUR, INDIA
Keywords:: 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.
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