The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of self medication among adolescents.
Material and Method: This descriptive study population included 750 adolescents between the ages of 12 and
18 without any identified health problems. Data collection, Self Medication Use Evaluation of Adolescents form
which was developed by the researchers was used.
Results: The average age of the participants was 14.4 ± 1.31 years. Sixty-two-point three percent (62.3%) of the
adolescents had used non-prescription medication in the past year and the most commonly used medication was
analgesics (61.5%) and the second group was antibiotics (45.3%). Eighteen-point four percent (18.4%) of the
adolescents had used antibiotics without prescription 2-3 times in the last one year. Antiallergics, dermatological
products and vitamin supplements are other medicines that adolescents used without prescription.
Conclusion: The high prevalence of self-medication of adolescents support to the need for public health
interventions aimed at preventing this practice.