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Doctor recommended use of first other medicine

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For sample persons under age 18 who took at least one medicine other than pain relievers, cough medicines, other cold medicines or remedies, asthma or allergy medicines, topical steroids, other skin ointments or slaves, laxatives, vitamins or minerals, tranquilizers or sedatives, and antibiotics in the past 2 weeks (MOMED12W), MOMED12WDREC reports if a doctor recommended the person take or use the first medication. Those who answered "yes" to MOMED12WRX have been recoded to 3 "Doctor prescribed" in MOMED12WDREC. MOMED12WDREC is part of the "Medicine Use" section of the 1981 Child Health Supplement.

Related Variables about First Other Medicine Use 

For those who respond "yes" to MOMED12W, the following information is also collected:

  • The main health problem the respondent used the first other medicine for (MOMED12WPROB),
  • Whether the respondent obtained the first other medicine via prescription (MOMED12WRX), and
  • How often the respondent used the first other medicine in the past 3 months (MOMED12WFREQ)

For a complete list of the medicines asked about in the Medicine Use section, please see MALL2W.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who took other medicine in past two weeks (MOMED12W).


  • 1981