Overuse of non-prescription analgesics by dental clinical patients

K.J. Heard, N.L. Ries, R.C. Dart, G.M. Bogdan, R.D. Zallen, Frank Daly

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    [Truncated abstract] Background: Many patients present to dental clinics for treatment of painful conditions. Prior to seeking treatment, many of these patients will self-medicate with non-prescription analgesics (NPA), and some will unintentionally overdose on these products. The objective of this study is to describe the use of NPA among dental patients. Methods: All adult patients presenting to an urban dental clinic during a two-week period in January and February of 2001 were approached to participate in this research project. Trained research assistants using a standardized questionnaire interviewed patients. Patient demographics and the NPA usage over the 3 days preceding the office visit were recorded. We defined a supratherapeutic dose as any dose greater than the total recommended daily dose stated on package labeling…
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)N/A
    JournalBMC Oral Health
    Volume8
    Issue number33
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Heard, K. J., Ries, N. L., Dart, R. C., Bogdan, G. M., Zallen, R. D., & Daly, F. (2008). Overuse of non-prescription analgesics by dental clinical patients. BMC Oral Health, 8(33), N/A.