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Title: Self-medication with over-the-counter drugs and complementary medications in South Australia's elderly population
Authors: Goh, Lynn Yeen
Vitry, Agnes I
Semple, Susan J.
Esterman, Adrian Jeffrey
Luszcz, Mary Alice
Keywords: Medicinal drug use
Elderly people
Australia
Health
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd
Citation: Goh, L.Y., Vitry, A., Semple, S.J., Esterman, A., & Luszcz, M.A., 2009. Self-medication with over-the-counter drugs and complementary medications in South Australia's elderly population. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 9(42), 1-10.
Abstract: A number of surveys have examined use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) in Australia. However, there are limited Australian data on use of CAM and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines in the elderly population. The main aims of this study were to examine self-medication practices with CAM and OTC medicines among older Australians and variables associated with their use. Participants seemed to self-medicate in accordance with approved indications, suggesting they were informed consumers, actively looking after their own health. However, use of analgesics and aspirin are associated with an increased risk of adverse drug events in the elderly. Future work should examine how self-medication contributes to polypharmacy and increases the risk of adverse drug reactions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/26066
ISSN: 1472-6882
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