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15 April 2011

Women more likely to self-medicate

Approximately 20% of people take non-prescribed medication, and women are the group most inclined towards this practice, a study has shown.

Approximately 20% of Spaniards take non-prescribed medication, and women are the group most inclined towards this practice. This is the conclusion of a research study carried out by experts from the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain, which also links this habit to nationality, income level and alcohol and tobacco consumption amongst the population.

According to the research, published in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 20.17% of Spaniards use medication without a medical prescription. Of those, it is the women that self-medicate more than the men (with a prevalence of 16.93% compared to 14.46%).

 

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