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Table 3 Reasons for use, source of modern medication, and recommendation for self-medication of the pregnant women, Addis Ababa, 2017 (n = 112)

From: Self-medication practice and associated factors among pregnant women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Variables   n (%)
Reasons for self-medication* Time saving 30 (26.8)
Obtaining medicines easily 80 (71.4)
Disease not serious 61 (54.5)
Self-medication is cheaper 20 (17.9)
Previous medication experience 23 (20.5)
Being embarrassed to tell about the disease 2 (1.8)
High cost of visiting doctors and health service 5 (4.5)
Poor health service provision 1 (0.9)
Poor ethics of health professionals 1 (0.9)
Long waiting time for health services 22 (19.6)
Source of modern medication* Sharing with family, friends or neighbors 11 (9.8)
Pharmacy or drug store 86 (76.8)
Health facilities 1 (0.9)
Left-over medicines 21 (18.8)
Recommended for self-medication by* My Self 72 (64.3)
My husband, family or neighbors 33 (29.5)
Pharmacist or druggist 8 (7.14)
Nurse 3 (2.7)
  1. *More than one choice can be made by a pregnant woman