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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|
|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.|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology - Collected Works|
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