Non-prescription drug use in a group of medical students: For success
Rukiye Nalan Tiftik1, Oya Ogenler2, Ismail Un1
1Mersin University, Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Pharmacology, Mersin, Turkey
2Mersin University, Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical History and Ethics , Mersin, Turkey
Aim: Non-prescription drug use is a common problem in the population and also among medical students. Medical education requires great efforts and students may prefer to use non-prescribed drugs during examination periods in order to facilitate the studying lesson.
Material and Methods: In the present study non-prescribed drug use among a sample of Mersin University Medical Faculty students was investigated. The study was carried out with 145 respondents in the third year of education. Data were expressed as frequency and mean ± standard deviation, for group comparisons chi-square test was used. p<0.05 was considered significant.
Results: 85 (58.6%) of the students use non-prescribed drugs. 39 (27%) of the students were using analgesic drugs and 14 (35%) of the students stated that they use psychostimulants directly specifying the trade name of the drugs. Although the majority of the students (66.9%) did not specify where they learned the drug name most of them respond as they learned from their friends (12.4%). Seventy (48.2 %) of the students don’t use any drug or herbal product for reducing fatigue because of they will harm their body.
Conclusion: The prevalence of non-prescription drug use is quite high and common among medical students. Precautions should be taken to prevent students from using the non-prescription drugs especially psychostimulants.
Keywords: Medical students; Non-prescription drug use; Psychostimulants.