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Revista de Saúde Pública

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VILARINO, Jorge F. et al. Self-medication profile in a city in South Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.32, n.1, pp. 43-49. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101998000100006.

OBJECTIVE: The characterization of drug users, especially as regards self-medication and the determination of its prevalence in the population studied. MATERIAL AND METHOD: About 413 people that had used drugs in the previous month were interviewed. RESULTS: From the interviewed, 69.9% used medicines and of those 76.1% were self medicated. Headache (28.8%) was the main complaint among the self-medicated group. Acetilsalicilic acid was the most frequently used medicine (25.4%). As regards the drugs utilized, 51.2% of the users had received a recommendation from a third party and 51.7% used old prescriptions, given in previous consultations. CONCLUSION: Age, schooling and absence of periodic medical consultation were significant statistical factors in self-medication.

Keywords : Self-medication; Drug utilization; Prevalence.

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