Students' attitude toward use of over the counter medicines during exams in Saudi Arabia

Haya Almalak, Ala'a Ibrahim Albluwi, Dalal Ahmed Alkhelb, Hajar Mohmmed Alsaleh, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali, Hisham Saad Aljadhey

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Purpose: To explore the use of over the counter (OTC) medicines among students during exams in Riyadh City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Method: A cross-sectional study was designed; using a self-administered twenty-two item online questionnaire for the students convenience and easy response disclosure. Data were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 13?. Results: A total of N=1596 students participated in this survey, of whom 829 (51.9 ) were university students and 767 (48.1 ) were high school students. Overall, 80.0 of the respondents disclosed the use of OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for headache and pain relief. In addition, other substances used during the exams were Energy Drinks (5.0 ), Flu Medication (5.0 ), Vitamins (5.0 ) and Antibiotics (5.0 ). Female students were found to be more knowledgeable about safety issues concerning the use of OTC medicines (5.11. ?. 1.27, p=
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107 - 112
Number of pages6
JournalSaudi Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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