Objectives: To explain how self-medication is in medical technology students of the national university of San Marcos in times of COVID-19 pandemic.
Materials and methods: Descriptive, cross sectional study, with a quantitative approach, in medical technology students from the national university of San Marcos. A virtual form was carried out where the variables of socio educational characteristics, level of knowledge about self-medication, practice of self-medication, influential factors and self-medication in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic were collected.
Results: Of the 226 students, 91.15% had self-medicated, with the female sex being the predominant. 56.6% self-medicated because the reason was not so serious. 60.6% of students had a family member or acquaintance who self-medicated to counteract or prevent COVID-19. Of the 97 students who claimed to have presented some symptom such as fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, dry cough, loss of taste or smell, 58.8% said they had self-medicated to counteract any of these symptoms.
Conclusions: A high prevalence of self-medication was found in students even in times of pandemic in both students and close relatives.