Self medication behaviors of illegal immigrants living along the U.S.-Mexico border
Mexican immigrants make up the largest subgroup of Hispanics living in the United States. The largest percentage of illegal immigrants comes from México. As such they are a subpopulation with limited access to health care and social services; their health seeking behaviors including self-medication behaviors that, aside from the intake of antibiotics, have not been studied in depth. The analysis of the data presented sought to document the medication behaviors of illegal immigrants living in El Paso County along the U.S.-México border. Of the 80 participants, 31 were taking medication on a regular basis. Of these, 28 claimed that at least one of the medications had been prescribed by a physician, 13 people had bought at least one of their medications in México, nine participants claimed that they had not paid for at least one of the medications they were taking, ten participants reported that they had skipped the doses of at least one of their medications due to monetary constraints. Participants were also asked if they had purchased medication in México during the year prior to the study, 68 of the 80 (85%) participants had bought 295 pharmaceutical products across the border themselves or through a third party. The most frequently purchased medications were antibiotics (17%), followed by syrups, pomades, creams, eardrops, and cold medicine as a group (15%), followed by analgesics (13%) and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (12%) and oral hypoglycemic agents (6%).
Public health|Hispanic Americans
Alvarado, Carla S, "Self medication behaviors of illegal immigrants living along the U.S.-Mexico border" (2007). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1447192.