Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1726-4634
MINI, Elsy et al. Self-medication behavior among pregnant women user of the Instituto Nacional Materno Perinatal, Peru 2011. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [online]. 2012, vol.29, n.2, pp. 212-217. ISSN 1726-4634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1726-46342012000200007.
We aim to determine the prevalence of self prescribing behaviour during pregnancy and its characteristics. For this purpose, we designed a cross sectional study and interviewed 400 pregnant women who had their prenatal care at Instituto Nacional Materno Perinatal, Lima. We found that 10.5% of the patients (42 patients) had a self prescribing behavior during pregnancy, 64.5% think that self prescribing behavior can produce congenital malformations. The medications used were classified as type A and B according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Paracetamol was used more frequently (47.6%) followed by amoxicillin (16.7%). All the women who self-prescribed have had this behavior before pregnancy. According to these results, we conclude there is a low prevalence of self-prescribing behavior during pregnancy compared to the international literature.
Keywords : Self medication; Pregnant women; Drug Use Habits; Adverse effects; Peru.