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Table 4 Most commonly used CAM

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 = 180 Wave 3 N = 241 Wave 6 N = 71 Wave 7 N = 118
CAM N % N % N % N %
Vitamins and minerals         
   Multivitamins 40 22.2 57 23.7 22 31 33 28
   Vitamin C 32 17.8 47 19.5 8 11.3 23 20.3
   Vitamin B 19 10.6 31 12.9 8 11.3 5 4.2
   Vitamin E 18 10 43 17.8 16 22.5 9 7.6
Herbal medications         
   Garlic 24 13.3 22 9.1 3 4.2 2 1.7
   Celery 13 7.2 18 7.5 3 4.2 1 0.8
   Gingko biloba 2 1.1 5 2.1 10 14.1 9 7.6
Nutritional supplements         
   Cod liver oil 22 12.2 37 15.4 9 12.7 11 9.3
   Fish oil 6 3.3 5 2.1 3 4.2 8 6.8
   Glucosamine 0 0 0 0 4 5.6 10 8.5
  1. The percentages are calculated over the number of participants that reported use of at least one CAM indicated as N