Antenatal drug consumption: the burden of self-medication in a developing world setting

Abiodun Idowu Adanikin, Jacob Olumuyiwa Awoleke

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This institutional-based cross-sectional study examines the burden of self-medication during pregnancy in a middle-income country setting and the impact on fetal wellbeing. Using a blend of open-ended and indication-oriented questionnaires, 346 pregnant women at term were interviewed about their pregnancy complaints and drug intake. Inferential statistical data analysis was employed with level of significance (α) set at 0.05. Excluding routine supplements and vaccinations, 251 (72.5%) women used medicines, of whom 79 (31.5%) had self-medicated. Consuming drugs without prescription was associated with increased US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) risk category (χ2 = 8.375; P = 0.015). There is therefore a need to scale up efforts towards educating women about the dangers of self-medication, while also introducing effective restrictive policies on over-the-counter drug sales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalTropical Doctor
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • medical complaints
  • Pregnancy
  • self-medication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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