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The objective of this study was to describe and examine the branded medicines used by professional students awareness trust in medicine system, reasons behind self-medication, drug information resources, and knowledge of drug profile. Samples of 300 young students belonging to two professional colleges in Rajampet, Kadapa district were selected. An inclusion criterion was 18-25 years a total of 38 students were excluded in accordance with the exclusion criteria like incomplete information. The prevalence of self-medication among professional students was 78.62%. About 54.19% has a positive trust in allopathic medicines, 27.48% students ayurvedic, homeopathy medicine 13.74%, Sidda 4.58%. Most of the self-medication was involved with head ache and fever, cough & cold, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, running nose and eye conjunctivitis, & others. Respondents were using Schedule H drugs/potent drugs for minor illness. The results are based on feed backs, which were provided by respondents included in study. The percentage of self-medication might be a change along with locality and region. This descriptive survey shows that the majority of professional students had a poor knowledge about appropriate self-medication while knowledge of the benefits and risks was not adequate. A number of students consult pharmacists and follow advertisements on drug information.
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