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Table 2 Details of non-prescription antibiotic use in participants for cough (N = 293)

From: Non-prescriptionxx antibiotic use for people aged 15 years or older for cough in China: a community-based survey

Antibiotic use N Ratio (%) Ratio of options (%)
Source    
Pharmacy 230 77.70 55.83
Family storage 130 43.92 31.55
Last remaining antibiotic 39 13.18 9.47
Friends or colleagues 5 1.69 1.21
Online purchase 3 1.01 0.73
Reasons for non-prescription    
Cough is ailment and not necessary to see a doctor 201 67.91 31.36
With antibiotic at home 169 57.09 26.37
Pharmacy purchase is convenient 125 42.23 19.50
Believe self-treating by antibiotic is effective for cough 102 34.46 15.91
Too busy to see a doctor 15 5.07 2.34
The process of seeing a doctor is too long 10 3.38 1.56
Self-treatment by antibiotic is more convenient than go to hospital 9 3.04 1.40
Antibiotic is safe 1 0.34 0.16
Antibiotic type    
Penicillin 145 48.99 38.98
Cephalosporin 116 39.19 31.18
Don’t remember 61 20.61 16.40
Macrolides 15 5.07 4.03
Quinolones 6 2.03 1.61