Objective: The study was aimed to analyse the prescribing pattern of probiotics in paediatric patients. Methods: The study was conducted in the paediatric department of a 1450 bedded multispecialty tertiary care teaching hospital. During the period of 3 months study, 52 prescriptions containing probiotics were randomly selected and analyzed using a structured data entry format. Results: Out of the 52 prescriptions reviewed, majority of the probiotic prescription were for the prophylaxis of 'Antibiotic associated diarrhoea' then for the treatment of urinary tract infection, followed by the treatment of diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, and the least for chronic liver disease. All the patients under study received the combination of probiotics either in the capsule form or in the sachet form. Conclusion: The study concluded that usage of probiotics is not rare in paediatric patients for most of the indications for which probiotics are recommended in adults.
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S. Cherian, ,, and Anitha, S., “Study of the prescribing pattern of probiotics in paediatric patients of a teritiary care teaching hospital, South India”, International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 4, pp. 505-508, 2012.