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Table 3 Characteristics of the use of Cyproheptadine

From: The misuse of Cyproheptadine: a non-communicable disease risk behaviour in Kinshasa population, Democratic Republic of Congo

Sources of recommendation of the use of Cyproheptadine (n = 364)  
 Friends 175 (48.1)
 Media/self-reading 154 (42.3)
 Relatives 84 (23.1)
 Schoolmates 50 (13.7)
 Health workers /pharmacists 47 (12.9)
 Colleagues 17 (4.7)
 Others sources 41 (11.2)
Reasons of use Cyproheptadine (n = 364)  
 Anorexia 80 (22.0)
 To gain weight 284 (78.0)
Mode of administration (n = 364)
 Oral 215 (59.1)
 Anal 149 (40.9)
Frequency of use (n = 364)
 Daily 251 (69.0)
 Weekly 45 (12.4)
 Twice a week 7 (1.9)
 Three times per week 8 (2.2)
 Twice a month 14 (3.8)
 Rarely 39 (10.7)
Duration of use (months) (n = 364)
  < 1 17 (4.7)
 1–3 48 (13.2)
 4–6 45 (12.4)
 7–12 70 (19.2)
  > 12 184 (50.5)
Procurement methods (n = 364)
 Medical prescription 27 (7.4)
 Self-medication 337 (92.6)
Associate Cyproheptadine with others drugs 225 (61.8)
Drugs associated to Cyproheptadine (n =225)  
 Dexamethazone 197 (87.6)
 Vitamins 28 (12.4)