Prevalence of self-medication for COVID-19 among young adults during the pandemic in Brazil

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https://doi.org/10.33448/rsd-v11i7.29955

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Prevalence; Self-medication; Brazil; Medication use; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2.

Abstract

The objective of the study is to measure the prevalence of self-medication for COVID-19 and associated factors among young adults during the pandemic in Brazil. This is a cross-sectional study involving young adults between the ages of 18 and 35, residing in Brazil during the COVID-19 pandemic period, conducted through online questionnaires, available through social networks. The results show that self-medication for COVID-19 was performed by 32.7% of the participants, with higher frequency in females (50.9%), people aged between 27-35 years (44.7%) and singles (57, 0%). The most used medication for self-medication was paracetamol (55.3%). The participants reported that the symptom that most led to self-medication was headache (62.5%), the main reason for self-medication was the prevention of COVID-19 (36.8%), the main motive being that they already had the medication at home (65.8%). The percentage of self-medication found was significant, increasing the chance of side effects. Therefore, health education conducts and rational use of medications are relevant measures.

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24/05/2022

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WIROWSKI, N.; MELO, C. da S. .; VIEIRA, I. S. .; MOREIRA, F. P. . Prevalence of self-medication for COVID-19 among young adults during the pandemic in Brazil. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 7, p. e29011729955, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i7.29955. Disponível em: https://rsdjournal.org/index.php/rsd/article/view/29955. Acesso em: 7 jul. 2022.

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