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Perceived benefits of headache painkillers among students in Italy 2018, by gender

A survey conducted in 2018 investigated the perceived most important effects of headache painkillers among secondary school students in Italy. According to data, the main desired effect was the prompt disappearance of pain, pointed out by 48 percent of male students and 51 percent of females. The second largest group of male respondents (20.5 percent) considered the absence of side effects such as heartburn the most relevant factor.

Which of the following effects do you consider to be the most important one when taking headache painkillers?

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Release date

November 2018



Survey time period

November 2017 to April 2018

Number of respondents

2,654 respondents

Age group

13-19 years

Special properties

Students of secondary schools

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Se/quando ti capita di assumere antidolorifici per combattere il mal di testa qual è - tra i seguenti effetti - quello che consideri più importante?".

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