Self-Medication with Antibiotic among Public Population in Erbil City

Arif Muhammed, Rozhan and Omar Yassen, Ali (2021) Self-Medication with Antibiotic among Public Population in Erbil City. Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International, 33.

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Self-medication is the administration of medications without a medical prescription to manage self-diagnosed health problems or symptoms. Self-medication with antibiotics is a global phenomenon, and it is more common in developing countries due to poor regulatory controls. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of self-medication with antibiotics in Erbil city, Iraq. This was an observational cross-sectional study involving a total of 100 people from the public population in Erbil City, Iraq. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data from the participants. Among 100 participants, 90% of them were self-medicated with antibiotics. Amoxicillin was the most commonly used antibiotic for self-medication. For successful treatment, 77% of the participants were satisfied by self-medication with the antibiotic. The primary source for the antibiotic was from a community pharmacy with 38%. The study showed that there is a significant association between self-medication with antibiotics and the occupational status of the participants. Self-medication with antibiotics was found to be prevalent among the public population of Erbil City. As a recommendation regulatory control should be implemented to prevent dispensing antibiotics without a medical prescription.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-medication antibiotics prevalence public antimicrobial resistance
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Depositing User: ePrints deposit
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2022 13:59
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2022 13:59

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