Category: Professional Posters
Purpose: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are highly used by the geriatric population for many indications including pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Although these drugs are effective, they carry many risks of adverse reactions to elderly patients. The aim of this study is to determine the knowledge and awareness of the elderly on the adverse events of OTC NSAIDs in Lebanon.
Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was carried on a sample of elderly patients aged 60 years and above taking at least 1 OTC NSAID. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 23.
Results: Data obtained showed that 64.2% of the sample studied were unaware of the NSAIDS side effects except for the gastrointestinal irritation. Moreover, the participants agreed on the fact that they would think twice and take more caution if they have been aware of NSAIDs’ side effects.
Conclusion: Lebanese elderly patients are unaware that NSAIDs may cause many side effects affecting negatively their health. Therefore, many serious steps should be taken such as organizing awareness campaign and emphasizing on the pharmacist counseling when dispensing OTC NSAIDs.