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Table 2 Self-medication practices and prevalence

From: Self medication practice and associated factors among students of Asmara College of Health Sciences, Eritrea: a cross sectional study

Variable Frequency Percentage(%)
Ever practiced self-medication (n = 293)
Yes 232 79.2
No 61 20.8
Complaints for self medication
Headache and fever 146 62.9
Common cold/cough 58 25.0
Pain and chills 52 22.4
Sore throat 24 10.3
Diarrhoea 19 8.2
Vomiting 9 3.9
Others 7 2.8
Skin infection/diseases 6 2.6
Reasons for self medication
Previous experience 120 51.7
Sufficient knowledge about drugs 83 35.8
Mildness of the illness 59 25.4
Availability of drugs easily 56 24.1
To save time 34 14.7
To save money 18 7.8