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Type of medicine 2 took in past 2 weeks

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For sample persons under age 18 who have taken two or more medicines in the past two weeks, MED2W2 indicates the second type of medicine the child has taken in the previous two weeks. The list of medicines includes: pain relievers, cough medicines, asthma or allergy medicines, medicines for topical steroids, other skin medicines, laxatives or stomach medicines, vitamins or minerals, tranquilizers or sedatives, antibiotics, or other types of medicines.

MED2W2 is part of the "Medicine Use" section of the 1981 Child Health Supplement. For more information and related variables about child medication intake, please see MED2W1.

Related Variables
Persons are also asked about the main health problem for which the second reported medication was used MED2WPROB2, whether or not the doctor had prescribed the second reported medication MED2WRX2, whether or not the doctor had recommended the use of the second reported medication MED2WDREC2, and the frequency with which the second reported medication was taken in the past three months MED2WFREQ2.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who took two or more kinds of medicine during the past two weeks.


  • 1981