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Prevalence of self medication practice with antibiotics among the students of some educational institutions of Dhaka and Gazipur district


Tasnuva Ferdous1,Prativa2, Mohammad Nazir Hossain3*

1Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, Primeasia University, Banani, Dhaka, Bangladesh.2Student, Department of Biochemistry, Primeasia University, Banani, Dhaka, Bangladesh3*Head, Department of Biochemistry,Primeasia University, Banani, Dhaka,Bangladesh.

ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and pattern of self medication practice with antibiotics among the students of some educational institutions in Dhaka and Gazipur district. A descriptive cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was performed among different departments of biological science and other than biological science discipline of different educational institutions. A total of 256 students participated in the study from Dhaka and Gazipur area and of them 215(83.99%) gave their positive consent for self medication with antibiotics during the past 1 year. Fever was found as the main indication for self-medication (50.6%) and Azithromycin (34.4%) was the most self - prescribed antibiotic. The prevalence of the practice was high among the university students of age group 18-24 years. The overall study concluded that there is an alarming situation in self medication practice among the students of different educational institutions located in Dhaka and Gazipur district.

KEYWORDS: Self medication, Antibiotic, Prescription, Students

CORRESPONDENCE: Mohammad Nazir Hossain

 

 
 
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