Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Vol. 15, No. 10, 2016, pp. 2253-2259
Bioline Code: pr16297
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 15, No. 10, 2016, pp. 2253-2259
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Self-medication practice among undergraduate medical students of a Saudi tertiary institution|
Albasheer, Osama B; Mahfouz, Mohammed Salih; Masmali, Boshra M; Ageeli, Rawan A; Majrashi, Aisha M; Hakami, Afaf N; Hakami, Zainab H; Hakami, Alhanoof A & Douf, Tahani A
Purpose: To assess the knowledge, attitude and magnitude of self-medication among medical students
of Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia.
Methods: A cross-sectional, self-administered questionnaire-based study was conducted among
undergraduate medical students of Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia. A total of 300 students were
selected by random sampling.
Results: Self-medication practice was highly prevalent among the medical students, with 87 %
reporting that they indulge in it. Self-medication was more prevalent among female students than male.
Sedatives were the most common drugs used by students for self-medication (58 %). The most
common reason adduced for self-medication practice was their belief that they have sufficient
information, previous experience, and the experience of others, such as family members and
colleagues, with regard to the drugs. A huge proportion (84.5 %) of the respondents agreed that selfmedication
could be harmful and is associated with adverse effects, while 52.6 % stated that they would
not advise other persons to indulge in self-medication.
Conclusion: Self-medication is prevalent among third-year medical students of Jazan University in
Saudi Arabia. Although the students exhibited sufficient awareness of self-medication, the findings
highlight the need for intervention programmes regarding the practice of self-medication.
Self-medication; Prevalence; Awareness; Sedatives; Medical students
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