The Frequency of Prescribing Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs in a Public Hospital

Mr. Nehad J. Ahmed


Aim: This study aims to explore the frequency of prescribing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in
a public hospital in Al-Kharj. Materials and Methods: This study included review the electronic medical records
of outpatients who received at least one of the NSAIDs between January 1, 2018, and June 30, 2018, in a public
hospital in Al-Kharj. Results: The most commonly prescribe NSAIDs was diclofenac (61.23%) followed by
ibuprofen (36.12%). About half of the patients receiving NSAIDs were <30 years old (50.17%) and about 72.25%
of them were <40 years old. Only diclofenac was prescribed as a topical form (gel, cream, or ointment). More than
71% of diclofenac prescriptions were included a topical dosage form. Conclusion: The study showed that nonaspirin
NSAIDs prescribing rate was high, particularly diclofenac and ibuprofen. It is important to increase the
awareness of health-care providers to increase the efficacy and decrease the adverse effects of these medications.

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