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Conditions leading to Self-medication practices among outpatients of a private tertiary care Hospital in Karachi
Syed Muhammad Zulfiqar Hyder Naqvi Syed Imtiaz Ahmed Jafry, Munir Ahmed Shaikh
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This cross-sectional observational study was conducted to determine the conditions leading to practices of self-medication among outpatients at tertiary care hospital, Karachi, from 10th July 2019 to 25th October 2019. A total of 238 patients were included using systematic random sampling technique while data were collected by means of interview using the study questionnaire. The study results showed that the most common condition leading to self-medication was fever or headache (57.0%), the most common medicine types used for self-medication were antipyretics or analgesics (61.8%) whereas the most common reason leading to self-medication was prolonged waiting in hospital/convenience (26.7%). It was concluded that fever or headache was the most common factor resulting in the practice of self-medication that was done mostly with antipyretics or analgesics.

Keywords: Self Medication, Patients, Attitude, Drugs

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Naqvi SMZH, Jafry SIA, Shaikh MA. Conditions leading to Self-medication practices among outpatients of a private tertiary care Hospital in Karachi. Isra Med J. 2021; 13(3): 213-216.

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