Pharmacy approach to a patient with acute diarrhoea and dehydration, a prospective study

Original article


H. Alobaidy*, K. Elhoni*, M. Kreasta*, A. Eddib**, S. Elrokhsi**

Department of Paediatrics Faculty of medicine Alfateh University*
Department of Paediatrics Alkhadra Hospital* *
Tripoli -Libya

JMJ Vol.3 No.2 (September) 2004: 43-45


Aims: TO examine the approaches of the pharmacists to diarrhoeal diseases of childhood in Tripoli Libya. Methods: over a period of one month in a city of Tripoli, internship doctors who presented themselves to the pharmacy attendant seeking medical advice for their related child who is a one year old, at home and suffering from acute diarrhoea and moderate dehydration approached 52 pharmacies. Results: 78.9 % did not ask any question related to situation. 65.6% recommended consulting a doctor but 90.3% of them dispensed different drugs; only 9.7% did not dispense any drug. 80.7% dispensed a drug with ORS (oral rehydration solution) alone or as a part of medication. 32.2% dispensed ORS alone. Anti-diarrhoeal were dispensed by the 30.7% and for the antibiotics were 44.2%. Advised to stop milk both bottle and breast feeding were 32.6%, while stop of breast milk alone were 13.8%. 5.6% advised to give dilute milk and 5.6% to change to other milk formula.34.6% advised to give rice water and 11.5% to give apple or lemon juice. 60% advised to increased fluid intake. 13.5% they did not have any idea about feeding during acute diarrhoea.

Keywords: Diarrhoea, Drugs introduction, Pharmacy approach.