Self-Medication Practices among Urban Population of Pune, Maharashtra

Vishwajeet Manohar Chavan, Rahul Ramesh Bogam

Abstract


Background: Many times, self-medication is seen as getting personal independence from established medicines. The study on self medication report that it is common practice and a kind of ‘self care’ which is associated with positive and negative aspects. It has been observed that inappropriate self-medication practices are associated with resistance of microorganisms, drug dependence, severe drug reactions and also the resources wastage etc.

Objective: To assess the self medication practices among general population in urban area of Pune city.

Methods: A Cross-sectional study was conducted among 240 general community members of Hadapsar Area of Pune City. The structured, pre-tested, self administered questionnaire was given to participants and they were asked to fill up questionnaire. Entire data was entered into Microsoft Office Excel Sheet
and analyzed.

Results: Around 45.83 % of participants had preferred ‘Allopathy’ while 68 (28.33%) liked to opt ‘Ayurveda’. However 62 (25.83%) participants had preferred to seek ‘Homeopathy’ treatment. The majority of participants i.e.178 (74.17%) were not knowing about expiry date of medicines.

Conclusion: Self medication practices were common among participants but often inappropriate.


Keywords


Pune, Self medication practices, Urban

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