Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: A considerable number of patients suffering from diabetes mellitus (DM) turn to self-medication using medicinal plants, preparations, and medicine. The aim of this study was to investigate self-medication using medicinal plants and the potential influence of health care professionals' advice or media information regarding the use of herbal dietary supplements with hypoglycemic effect in a population of patients with type 2 DM. Materials and methods: This research, in the form of an analytic cross-sectional study, was conducted in 6 pharmacies in the territory of Nis, Serbia, during October 2013. The criterion set for the study was to include patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who used pharmacotherapy in addition to herbal supplements. Results: Surveyed women showed a statistically significant difference in the frequency of using herbal supplements compared to men (P < 0.001). More frequent symptoms of hypoglycemia were reported in the group of diabetic respondents who used herbal dietary supplements (P < 0.05). The media was most responsible for influencing decisions about self-medication that included the use of herbal dietary supplements. Conclusion: The role of health professionals is indispensable and very important, especially when the media is a potential cause of seeking self-medication.


Herbal self-medication, diabetes, hypoglycemia, professionals? advice

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