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Data shows 4% of Latvians tend to use medication whenever they feel like it

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU64% of Latvian residents tend to use medication without consulting with their doctor or pharmacist, according to Mana Aptieka & Apotheka health index.

Among those 64%, 57% admit of them admit using medication multiple times, and 7% – often. 34% of respondents said they do not use medication whenever they feel like it. 2% had difficulty picking an answer.

«Survey data shows that most residents tend to use medication without consulting specialists. I nevertheless hope that at least some of them had consulted a pharmacist when purchasing their medication for the first time,» explains Mana Aptieka’s certified pharmacist Agnese Ritene.

She said pharmacists are concerned about cases when patients with lasting illness symptoms use non-prescribed medications or nutritional supplements in unsafe amounts. On top of that, residents seldom ask doctors or pharmacists for advice.

«Unreasonable use of medication can cause serious damage to a person’s health,» said Ritene.

The expert notes that even if a person is confident about their knowledge of symptoms and effects from using medication, consulting a pharmacist would only benefit. «Pharmacists can assist in matters associated with use of medication and clarify details regarding symptoms of most illnesses, as well as recommend going to see a doctor in serious case.»

Looking at responses from residents in different groups, it can be concluded that people who believe their lifestyle is unhealthy are the ones who consume medications most often. Between men and women, the latter are more prone to using medications without doctor recommendation. In addition, 8% of women admit using medication whenever they feel like it rather often.

Only 5% of men tend to act in such a way. «I allow that residents with a higher level of education are more informed of healthy diet tips, which includes not only proper diet but also regular physical activities, lack of addictions and regular health checkups. Every person should understand that use of medication requires careful consideration. Factors to keep in mind include symptoms, age and state of health,» Ritene comments.

Based on education level, residents with primary education (68%) consume different herbs the most often. A look at results from a geographical perspective shows that residents of rural regions do so more often than others (72%). In Riga, there are 61% of such residents.

According to Ritene, it is possible people in the countryside do not have access to doctors or pharmacists as much as townsfolk do.

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