Prevalence and Practice of Self-medication among University Students in Pakistan through Online Resources

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Asim Mehmood
Sherjeel Adnan
Maseer Khan
Kaliyaperumal Karunamoorthi
Fahad Khan Azeez

Abstract

Background: Self-medication or self-care is regarded as an unhealthy practice. However, it is widely accepted and practiced in the low and middle-income countries (LMICs) due to scarcity of health resources.

Objectives: To assess the prevalence and practice of self-medication among university students in Pakistan through online resources.

Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted between May 2017 and August 2017 by involving 991 university students. A questionnaire was administered to obtain data.

Results: The majority 85.9% (852/991) of the respondents knew aboutonline medicines and their uses of self-medication. Overall, 68% (674/991) of them have to travel long-distances to access essential health services. Nearly half (41.7%) of the respondents procured drugs through the online sources, while only 15.6% of them obtained through pharmacies.

Conclusions: The rampant irrational use of drugs without medical guidance could contribute to adverse consequences viz.; the emergence of multi-drug resistance, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions etc. Strict regulations must be enforced to limit public access to online-drugs by the law-enforcement agencies.

Keywords:
Online resources, Pakistan, prevalence, self-medication, University students.

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Mehmood, A., Adnan, S., Khan, M., Karunamoorthi, K., & Azeez, F. K. (2020). Prevalence and Practice of Self-medication among University Students in Pakistan through Online Resources. Asian Journal of Research in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 8(3-4), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajrimps/2019/v8i3-430138
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