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Table 3 Analysis of prescriptions issued to athletes

From: Pharmacy services for the 2019 Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea

Category n (%)
Total number of athletes 150 (100)
Total number of prescription medicines of athletes 254 (100)
Route of administration  
Oral (P.O.) 194 (76.4)
Topical and local* 49 (19.3)
Injection† 11 (4.3)
Analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents  
NSAIDs 56 (22.0)
Acetaminophen 21 (8.3)
Gastrointestinal agents  
Antiulcer 29 (11.4)
Digestive 6 (2.4)
Antidiarrheal 4 (1.6)
Respiratory agents  
Antihistamines 23 (9.0)
Antitussives 23 (9.0)
Inhalants 1 (0.4)
Antimicrobials 21 (8.2)
Muscle relaxants 9 (3.5)
Others*†‡ 62 (24.4)
  1. *Topical and local; topical NSAIDs (9), topical steroids (2), inhalants (1), antimicrobial eye drops (9), artificial tear (8), steroid eye drops (5), antihistamine eye drops (2), antimicrobial ear drops (7), antimicrobial ointment (6)
  2. Injection; diclofenac (5), tramadol (1), ketorolac (1), ambroxol (1), bropium (1), metoclopramide (1), vaccine (1)
  3. Emergency contraceptives (2)