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Table 2 Major classes of medicines found in Chinese households

From: Factors influencing the attention to home storage of medicines in China

Major classes Storage No storage
Number (n) Proportion (%) Number (n) Proportion (%)
Cold medication 538 86.1% 87 13.9%
Pain medication 143 22.9% 482 77.1%
Antibiotics 119 19.0% 506 81.0%
Sleep aids 27 4.3% 598 95.7%
Antiallergic medicines 61 9.8% 564 90.2%
Gastrointestinal medicines 169 27.0% 456 73.0%
Digestive medicine 104 16.6% 521 83.4%
External painkillers 103 16.5% 522 83.5%
External anti-inflammatory antidotes 96 15.4% 529 84.6%
Medicine for the treatment of gynaecological conditions 30 4.8% 595 95.2%
Vitamin supplements 129 20.6% 496 79.4%
Medicines for hypertension and coronary heart disease 47 7.5% 578 92.5%
Quick-acting heart-saving pills, such as nitroglycerin 31 5.0% 594 95.0%
Others 87 13.9% 538 86.1%