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

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