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Table 2 Illustrates factors and symptomatology that leads to self medication among study participants

From: Prevalence of using non prescribed medications in economically deprived rural population of Pakistan

Variable N = 595 %
Perceived reasons for self medication among rural population   
 Cost of consultation 537 90.3
 Lack of availability of transport 482 81.0
 Advice from friend/family was enough 464 78.0
 Previous experience 399 67.0
 Convenience 369 62.0
 Home stock 280 47.0
 Problem too trivial 268 45.0
 Urgency of problem 232 39.0
 Public pharmacy 208 35.0
 Lack of time 48 8.0
Symptomatology leading to self medication   
 Headaches 482 81.0
 Flu/cough/cold 470 79.0
 Fever 405 68.0
 Pain elsewhere 375 63.0
 Diarrhea 244 41.0
 Allergy 202 33.9
 Inability to sleep 149 25.0
 Blood pressure 125 21.0
 Diabetes 113 19.0