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Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia

versão impressa ISSN 0034-7299

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SERVIDONI, Alexandre Barbosa et al. Self-medication profile of ENT patients. Rev. Bras. Otorrinolaringol. [online]. 2006, vol.72, n.1, pp.83-88. ISSN 0034-7299.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-72992006000100013.

AIM: To describe self-medication habits of patients with otorhinolaryngological disorders to characterize problematic aspects in order to manage and correct them. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A multiple-choice questionnaire was used to obtain the data, consisting of 17 questions about self-medication habits. It was distributed to the patients assisted in our ENT clinic, in July/2003. RESULTS: Approximately 83% of the admitted patients have practiced self-medication (without medical prescription). However, 73% of them stated that it wasn’t mandatory to present a prescription in order to obtain the medicine. The most utilized drugs were: analgesics/antipyretics (90%), cold and flu drugs (78%), and NSAIDs (69%); antibiotics were the 8th (11%). Among the reasons or diseases patients believed to suffer from that justified the self-medication practice, we observed: headaches (76%), cold/flu (74%) and nonspecific febrile illnesses (56%); otitis, in general, was the last (12%). CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates the need for continuous educational programs about the risks of self-medication, besides appropriate governmental regulation and inspection.

Palavras-chave : self-medication; otorhinolaryngology; otorhinolaryngological patients.

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