Aim: This study aims to study the pattern of self medication in hypertensive patients. Materials and method: Study was conducted in hypertensive patients in a tertiary care hospital of Jammu. Hypertensive patients were asked about the self medication behaviour pattern. Demographic data was also recorded. Results: Out of 60 females, 20 were postmenopausal, others were in perimenstrual phase. Only 5 females were smokers, none was taking alcohol. Among males 26 patients were smokers, 15 were taking alcohol. Self medication pattern was recorded. Out of 100 patients, 30 patients were taking self medication with antihypertensive medicines, 24 patients were taking herbal medicines, and others were taking both the drugs prescribed by doctors and other means to reduce blood pressure of their own. 40% of the patients were taking medicines prescribed by doctors. Conclusion: Patients with hypertension have a tendency to start medication of their own either allopathic or herbal drugs which can prove to be detrimental to the patient because of certain interactions. As the incidence of hypertension is rising, proper education of patient about drug interactions and harmful effects of self medication is important.
Key words: Self medication, behavior, anxiety.
Received: 5 January 2019 Revised: 25 January 2019 Accepted: 28 January 2019
Corresponding author: Dr. Roshi, Demonstrator, Department of Pharmacology, GMC Jammu, J & K, India
This article may be cited as: Roshi, Anupma, Gupta BM. Self Medication Behaviour in Hypertensive Patients in a Tertiary Care Hospital. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2019;7(2):65-67.