NATURE AND CAUSE OF TAKING PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS: A CROSS-SECTIONAL HEALTH SURVEY IN NORTHERN REGIONS OF BANGLADESHAbstract
A health study was conducted in Northern Region of Bangladesh to determine the prevalence and cause of taking psychotropic drugs. The health survey was involved 615 patients who are taking psychotropic drugs and found 63.58% patient is male and 36.42% is female. The majority of patients are student (45.65%), housewife (19.02%) and service holder (13.33%). The age of patients is 15 – 24 years 35.93% and 25 -34 years 31.38%. Supreme cause of taking psychotropic drug is tension 25.37%, depression 18.21%, sleeping disorder 10.56% and pain 10.24%. The patients are taking anxiolytic drug (59.02%), antipsychotic drug (19.84%) and antidepressant drug (20.65%). The food habit of the patient’s shows that their preferred food is sour (16.26%), sweet (31.87%), spiced (23.58%), meat (47.97%) and soft drinks (30.41%). Among the patients, 31.06% are addicted to narcotics and 38.04% are smokers. It is alarming that about 35.77% of the patients are taking this type of drug without the concern of physician which might cause serious adverse effects. It also found that there is limited patient counselling, only 31.71% patients are getting sufficient counselling from doctor and 52.20% patients gets sufficient counselling from their family member.
G. M. M. Parvez*, R. Sultana, M. K. M. Akanda, S. Mehjabin and A. Mosaddik
Department of Pharmacy, Varendra University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
03 February, 2017
27 November, 2017
23 December, 2017
01 January, 2018