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Title: Appropriate use of non-prescription ibuprofen: a survey of patients' perceptions and understanding
Contributor(s): Ngo, Suong N T (author); Stupans, Ieva  (author); Leong, Wei Sin (author); Osman, Marwa (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1211/ijpp.18.01.0011
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Abstract: Objectives: The aim was to investigate patients' perceptions and understanding on the appropriate use of non-prescription ibuprofen. Methods: In this pilot study, a self-administered anonymous survey was completed by 183 patients presenting at one of the eight selected community pharmacy premises in South Australia and the Northern Territory during the study. The questionnaire comprised items on: demographics (age, gender), current medications, frequency of ibuprofen use, medical consultations, reading manufacturer's printed dosage/warning instructions, sources from which drug information was gathered and understanding of common indications for ibuprofen. Key findings: Sixty per cent of patients (n= 110/183), predominantly females, were currently on other medications and 64.5% of patients (n= 118/183) did not seek medical advice before using non-prescription ibuprofen. Seventy-one per cent (n= 130) of these patients had used ibuprofen for more than a year. The majority of patients did not provide precise answers for the common indications of ibuprofen. Sixty-six per cent of patients (n= 110) reported rarely or never reading manufacturer's printed warning instructions on the potential drug interactions or adverse effects associated with the use of the product. Conclusions: Many patients are unaware that non-prescription analgesics such as ibuprofen can cause potentially serious adverse effects when used in combination with other common medications.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 18(1), p. 63-65
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2042-7174
Field of Research (FOR): 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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