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MAIDANA, GLADYS MABEL et al. Self-medication Profile in Students Entering the Faculty of Chemical Sciences in the year 2015. Rev.Cs.Farm. y Bioq [online]. 2018, vol.6, n.1, pp.63-72. ISSN 2310-0265.

Abstract Introduction: Self-medication is a dan-gerous practice whose include the masking of a disease, the occurrence of adverse reac-tions, drug interactions, increased resistance to certain drug types, and drug dependence. Objective: to determine the self-medication profile of students from the Faculty of Chemical Sciences from the National University of Asunción Methodology: This is a descriptive, ob-servational study with a non-probabilistic and convenient sampling performed in May 2016 to a population of 115 university students entering the Faculty of Chemical Sciences of the National University of Asunción in the year 2015. Resulte: The average age of the popula-tion ¡n study was 20 years oíd, mostly wom-en. 85 of them consumed drugs, 83 stu-dents self-medicated for minor pathologies, 25 did ¡t out of necessity using a mixture of painkillers and anti-inflammatories. The most frequent reasons were that 42% did not consider did not think it necessary to go to the doctor while 68% did so at the sug-gestion of a family member or friend who indicated the medication to be consumed. Out of 115 studente that participated 60% consider that advertising is not important when it comes to choosing a drug, 63% uti-lizes the prospect information, and 57% get the information at the drug store. 92% consider that self-medication is dangerous. Conclusión: Self-medication is a com-mon practice among the university popula-tion studied here as well as in their imme-diate environment. 45% recognize having taken drugs without a prescription, 66% self-medicates customarily even though 92% of the studied population understand that self-medication is a risky practice.

Palabras clave : self-medication; students; drugs.

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