Corticosteroid Nonprescription Use: A Cross-Sectional Hospital-Based Study in Basrah

Abbas Ali Mansour, Akream Hussain Odaa, Hameed Laftah Wanoose
2010 Medical Principles and Practice  
ticosteroid side effects. Conclusion: This study showed high use of nonprescription corticosteroid in Basrah, Iraqi. We therefore recommend educational programs to alert the population of the untoward side effects of corticosteroids. Abstract Objective: To study the prevalence and attitude of using nonprescription corticosteroids (oral or parenteral formulation of glucocorticosteroids) in Basrah, Iraq. Methods: A face-to-face model structured interview was used to collect information from 682
more » ... tients between January 2006 and December 2008. The following information was obtained: age, gender, marital status, smoking, drinking of alcohol, occupation, educational level, social class and place of residence. Results: Of the 682 (2.6%) subjects using nonprescription corticosteroids most were females: 471 (69%); married: 567 (83%); of low social class: 430 (63.1%); lived in the city center: 475 (69.6%). The majority (569, 83.5%) thought that corticosteroid use was safe and 463 (68.0%) did not feel guilty for using such medications. About half of them (377, 55.3%) were still using drugs at the time of presentation. Three hundred and fifty-seven (52.4%) reported that physicians advised them for the first time to use corticosteroids and the remaining 325 (42.2%) used it to become beautiful or marry. Three hundred and sixty-four (53.4%) patients obtained the drug from the pharmacy and 252 (36.9%) from street vendors. Weight gain was the main indication for use in 342 (50.1%) patients. Almost all had some features of cor-
doi:10.1159/000285283 pmid:20357499 fatcat:toe5eq3wufh4lelclzrzqajqbm