Table 2: Self-medication practice among participants in Harar City and its surroundings from March to April, 2017(n=370).

VariablesResponsesFrequency Percentage (%)

Major chief complaints
Headache11230.3
Respiratory disorders10929.5
Gastrointestinal disorders10027.0
Fever267.0
Skin disorders236.2
Reason for self-medication
Less expensive7620.5
Prior experience of drug or disease21457.8
Disease is not serious4913.2
Emergency care308.1
Others10.3
Sources of information
Pharmacist14940.3
No information11831.9
Advised by neighbors, friends, or relatives7018.9
Labels and leaflets or promotional materials308.1
Others∧30.8
Medications used
Analgesic / antipyretics15642.2
Respiratory drugs11531.1
GI drugs7219.5
Oral rehydration salt20.5
Antimicrobials113.0
Others143.8
Adverse drug reaction
Yes4411.9
No32688.1

indicates less waiting time; ∧ indicates other professionals, past experiences; indicates vitamins and anthelmintics.