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Frequency took medicine 5 during past 3 months

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For sample persons under age 18 who have taken five or more medicines in the past two weeks, MED2WFREQ5 indicates the frequency with which the child took the fifth type of medication in the past three months.

MED2WFREQ5 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 type of fifth reported medication used MED2W5, the main health problem for which the fifth reported medication was used MED2WPROB5, whether or not the doctor prescribed the fifth reported medication MED2WRX5, and whether or not the doctor had recommended the use of the fifth reported medication MED2WDREC5.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who have taken five or more medications in the past two weeks.


  • 1981