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Table 3 Prevalence of use of CAM and OTC medicines

From: Self-medication with over-the-counter drugs and complementary medications in South Australia's elderly population

   1992-1993 1994-1995 2000-2001 2003-2004
   Wave 1 N = 2087 Wave 3 N = 1679 Wave 6 N = 791 Wave 7 N = 487
  Classes of CAM/OTC N % N % N % N %
CAM Vitamins & minerals 113 5.4 155 9.2 53 6.7 68 14.0
  Herbal medicines 50 2.4 69 4.1 23 2.9 27 5.5
  Nutritional supplements 34 1.6 54 3.2 26 3.3 37 7.6
  Homeopathic medicines 4 0.2 5 0.3 0 0.0 1 0.2
  Probiotics 3 0.1 4 0.2 0 0.0 0 0.0
  Combination products 43 2.1 49 2.9 9 1.1 25 5.1
OTC Analgesics 112 5.4 127 7.6 44 5.6 43 8.8
  Laxatives 89 4.3 76 4.5 16 2.0 25 5.1
  Antithrombotic agents 34 1.6 43 2.6 17 2.1 10 2.1
  Antacids 19 0.9 14 0.8 1 0.1 6 1.2
  Cough & cold preps 16 0.8 18 1.1 0 0.0 5 1.0
  Antihistamines 7 0.3 4 0.2 2 0.3 1 0.2
  Dermatologicals 3 0.1 4 0.2 1 0.1 0 0.0
  Throat preparations 4 0.2 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
  Nasal preparations 2 0.1 5 0.3 0 0.0 0 0.0
  Antidiarrhoeals 2 0.1 1 0.1 0 0.0 0 0.0
  Other1 11 0.5 16 1.0 4 0.5 4 0.8
  Unknown2 11 0.5 10 0.6 3 0.4 12 2.5
  1. The percentages show the proportions of participants reporting to use at least one of the classes of CAM or OTC medicines
  2. 1 Other CAM and OTC classes that were less commonly reported
  3. 2 Non-prescription medicines of unknown ingredients that could not be classified