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Table 3 Illustrates attitudes of study participants towards self medication

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

Variable N = 595 %
Commonest drugs used to self medicate   
 Paracetamol (Pain killers) 553 93.0
 Aspirin (Fever relieving medicine) 410 69.0
 Anti allergy 303 51.0
 Antibiotics 309 52.0
 Vitamins 250 42.0
 Pills for indigestion 148 24.5
 Sleeping pills 173 29.0
 Herbal/homeopathic 107 18.0
 Tonics 54 9.0
 Street drugs 35 5.8
 Birth control pills 30 5.0
Reading Medication Instructions   
 Side Effects 54 9.0
 Contraindications 54 9.0
 Doses 60 10.0
 All 42 7.0
Indication 54 9.0
 Never read medical instructions 535 90.0
Dosage of Medication   
 Pharmacist 208 35.0
 Previous doses 131 22.0
 According to pain 65 11.0
 According to drug instruction 48 8.0
 Severity 65 11.0
 Randomly 89 15.0