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Self-Medication Among King Khalid University Students, Saudi Arabia

Authors Alshahrani SM, Alavudeen SS, Alakhali KM, Al-Worafi YM, Bahamdan AK, Vigneshwaran E

Received 8 September 2019

Accepted for publication 22 October 2019

Published 14 November 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 243—249

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S230257

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewers approved by Mr Davin Leif

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Marco Carotenuto


Sultan M Alshahrani,1 Sirajudeen Shaik Alavudeen,1 Khaled M Alakhali,1,2 Yaser Mohammed Al-Worafi,3 Ahmed K Bahamdan,1 Easwaran Vigneshwaran1

1Clinical Pharmacy Department, College of Pharmacy, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia; 2Clinical Pharmacy Department, College of Pharmacy, USCI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 3Clinical Pharmacy Department, College Of Pharmacy, University of Science and Technology of Fujairah, Fujairah, UAE

Correspondence: Yaser Mohammed Al-Worafi
College of Pharmacy, University of Science And Technology of Fujairah, Fujairah, UAE
Tel +971543041178
Email yworafi@yahoo.com

Purpose: This study objective was to explore the pattern of self-medications among King Khalid University students, Saudi Arabia.
Patients and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted over five months among King Khalid University students, Abha, Saudi Arabia.
Results: Among all the study participants, nearly 98.7% were practicing self-medication. Headache (75.9%), cough and cold (52.5%), and fever (35.6%) and body pain (24.6%) were the most reported symptoms. Use of painkillers (91.6%) was significantly predominant among the medical students, whereas non-medical students used antibiotics (35.4%).Time saving (64.2%), mild symptom (51.7%) and quick relief (36.9%) were the reasons behind seeking self-medication in this study.
Conclusion: Self-medications was common in King Khalid University. Educational programs are highly recommended.

Keywords: self-medication, students, medical, nonmedical, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia

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