Preference of antimicrobial medication for common dental diseases: A survey study in north east India
Background: Antibiotics are a subject of intensive abuse due to over prescription and also administration for inappropriate reasons. In India, some studies have reported the use and abuse of antibiotic therapy and their consequential impact on antibiotic resistance. However, there has been no study yet on the use of antibiotics among dentists in North East India. Objective: To determine the rationale and prescription pattern of antibiotics among dentists of Imphal city in North East India. Material and Method: A self administered questionnaire was used. The questionnaire consisted of demographic data and comprised of questions related to use of antibiotics for various dental procedures and in certain clinical situations. Results: The results of this survey indicate that there is wide spectrum of antibiotics prescribed by dentists in Imphal city. Amoxicillin was clearly the choice of antibiotic among dentists. Though the dentists handpicked antibiotics based on its efficacy and side effects, but at certain places these drugs were overtly used. Majority of the respondents thought that antibiotic sensitivity tests would help them choose the right antibiotic. Conclusion: The prescription pattern for antibiotics was inconsistent and at times inappropriate. A standard guideline needs to be formulated according to the population for prescribing antibiotics because when used judiciously antibiotics are life saving.
Keywords: Antibiotics, Dental Practice, Prescription Pattern
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