Prospective Cross-Sectional Study of the Uses of Non-prescription Analgesics among Hail Residents


  • University of Hail, College of Pharmacy, Hail, Saudi Arabia
  • University of Hail, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, Hail, Saudi Arabia
  • Omdurman Islamic University, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, Khartoum, Sudan
  • University of Hail, Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, Hail, Saudi Arabia


The aim of this paper was to describe the general status of the use of non-prescription analgesics (NPA) among the residents of Hail city to ensure the safe use of non-prescription analgesics.  One hundred participants with different diseases were studied consecutively from January to March 2020. Data were collected with an online, semi-structured questionnaire; the obtained data were converted into statistical data using Microsoft Excel 2013. Most participants were taking a single, non-prescription analgesic (87.5%), while combination analgesic products were used by only 12.5% of participants. Using over-the-counter analgesics is common among residents of Hail, and most of those studied use these products in moderation and do not exceed the recommended dose. Acetaminophen is the most widely used product, but people also use NSAIDs and amphetamine-like products. The use of over-the-counter analgesics is common among residents of Hail, and most of the participants in this study use these products in moderation and do not exceed the recommended dose; therefore, exposure of patients to an increased risk of adverse effects of these products is out of the question, and this indicates that a large group of people in this region knows the risk of analgesics overuse. New studies are needed to help improve the approaches to the use of NPA drugs


Analgesics, Hail City, Non-Prescription Analgesics, Semi-Structured Questionnaire

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