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Table 7 Reasons for use of analgesics

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 = 112 Wave 3 N = 127 Wave 6 N = 44 Wave 7 N = 43
Reasons of use of analgesics N % N % N % N %
Headache 35 31.8 41 32.3 5 11.4 6 14
Specific pain 19 17.3 16 12.6 4 9.1 5 11.6
General pain 18 16.4 26 20.5 25 56.8 22 51.2
Other 21 19.1 25 19.7 5 11.4 3 7.0
Arthritic pain 11 10.0 15 11.8 2 4.5 4 9.3
Multiple reasons 6 5.5 4 3.1 3 6.8 3 7.0
Missing 2   0   0   0  
  1. The percentages are calculated over the number of participants that reported use of analgesics