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Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study

Nedaa Ali Karami, Ali Faris Altebainawi, Sukainah Ahmed Alfarki, Nuha Bandar Aldossari, Alhanouf Nasser Asiri, Manar Saeed Aldahan, Thekra Raqa Alqhtani.

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Background: Most of the peoples in Saudi Arabia can easy take medication without a prescription like over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics such as paracetamol ibuprofen and aspirin. Low knowledge about the accurate use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs medication may develop a toxicity and dangers adverse effect if they take an inaccurate dose or if they do not understand the right way for the medicine used.

Objectives: This study was performed to evaluate knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population.

Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Saudi Arabia by sending electronic questionnaire among the population from February 2017 to March 2017. The questions were in the Arabic language because most people in Saudi speak and understand the Arabic language. The questionnaire divided into three sections contains 11 questions about demographics of respondents, knowledge, attitude, side effect, and source of information. For data analysis, SPSS version 18.00 was used.

Results: Total patient answer 504 were accepted mostly were a female response (69%) and male response were 31%. Most of the answers were from Makkah (20%), Hail (18.5%), and Al Qatif (15.3%). Paracetamol was the common analgesics used as OTC (73.4%) then Ibuprofen (13.1%). Almost 94.4% of participants use from one to two tablets of analgesics per day. More than half (60.7%) believed that analgesics must be taken after meals. There was a significant relationship between time of taking analgesics and source of information (P = 0.003).

Conclusion: People use analgesic drugs for many reasons such as a headache, fever, and toothache. Paracetamol was the most analgesic used to relieve the pain of Saudi population. The pharmacist has a very important role in passing the information about analgesics use for patients.

Key words: Over-the-counter; Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs; Analgesic; Pharmacist; Saudi


 
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Karami NA, Altebainawi AF, Alfarki SA, Aldossari NB, Asiri AN, Aldahan MS, Alqhtani TR. Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0721125122017


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Karami NA, Altebainawi AF, Alfarki SA, Aldossari NB, Asiri AN, Aldahan MS, Alqhtani TR. Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study. http://www.ijmsph.com/?mno=282358 [Access: January 23, 2018]. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0721125122017


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Karami NA, Altebainawi AF, Alfarki SA, Aldossari NB, Asiri AN, Aldahan MS, Alqhtani TR. Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0721125122017



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Karami NA, Altebainawi AF, Alfarki SA, Aldossari NB, Asiri AN, Aldahan MS, Alqhtani TR. Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0721125122017



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Karami, N. A., Altebainawi, A. F., Alfarki, S. A., Aldossari, N. B., Asiri, A. N., Aldahan, M. S. & Alqhtani, T. R. (2018) Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0721125122017



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Karami, Nedaa Ali, Ali Faris Altebainawi, Sukainah Ahmed Alfarki, Nuha Bandar Aldossari, Alhanouf Nasser Asiri, Manar Saeed Aldahan, and Thekra Raqa Alqhtani. 2018. Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0721125122017



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Karami, Nedaa Ali, Ali Faris Altebainawi, Sukainah Ahmed Alfarki, Nuha Bandar Aldossari, Alhanouf Nasser Asiri, Manar Saeed Aldahan, and Thekra Raqa Alqhtani. "Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study." doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0721125122017



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Karami, Nedaa Ali, Ali Faris Altebainawi, Sukainah Ahmed Alfarki, Nuha Bandar Aldossari, Alhanouf Nasser Asiri, Manar Saeed Aldahan, and Thekra Raqa Alqhtani. "Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study." doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0721125122017



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Karami, N. A., Altebainawi, A. F., Alfarki, S. A., Aldossari, N. B., Asiri, A. N., Aldahan, M. S. & Alqhtani, T. R. (2018) Knowledge and attitude of analgesics use among Saudi population: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0721125122017



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