Self-medication for cough and the common cold: Information needs of consumers

Kloosterboer, Sanne Maartje, McGuire, Treasure, Deckx, Laura, Moses, Geraldine, Verheij, Theo and van Driel, Mieke (2015) Self-medication for cough and the common cold: Information needs of consumers. Australian Family Physician, 44 7: 497-501.

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Author Kloosterboer, Sanne Maartje
McGuire, Treasure
Deckx, Laura
Moses, Geraldine
Verheij, Theo
van Driel, Mieke
Title Self-medication for cough and the common cold: Information needs of consumers
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2015-07
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 44
Issue 7
Start page 497
End page 501
Total pages 5
Place of publication East Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Despite the high use of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines, little is known about Australia's cough and cold medicines information needs. The aim of this study was to identify gaps in consumers' perceived knowledge and concerns, to better target consumer medicines information and improve quality use of medicines.

Methods: We analysed cough-and-cold related enquiries from consumers who contacted an Australian national medicine call centre between September 2002 and June 2010.

Results: Of 5503 cough and cold calls, female callers made up 86% of the calls and 33% were related to children. Questions most frequently related to drug-drug interactions (29%). An analysis of narratives over an 18-month period (248 calls) revealed 20% of the calls concerned potentially clinically relevant interactions, particularly those involving psychotropic agents.

Discussion: The potential for interactions with cough and cold medicines purchased OTC is recognised by consumers. Patient information should address their concerns. Doctors should be aware of the common cough and cold interactions and communicate likely clinical symptoms to patients when prescribing medication to prevent potential harm.
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