We, during a course of our life, somewhere somehow have taken over-the-counter or prescription medications without talking to a doctor. The consequences of self-medication can be serious enough to land you in the hospital. In simple words, Self-medication, even for minor ailments, could lead to medical complications. It may result in greater probability of inappropriate, incorrect, or undue therapy, missed a diagnosis, delays inappropriate treatment, pathogen resistance and increased morbidity.
Self-Medication in India
Dr PR Sodani, Pro-President, IIHMR University, Jaipur said: “Research could be designed in India in order to explore more insights about the self-medication especially with respect to health spending, resource wastes, cost to benefit ratio, common illness when the patient choose the self-medication, sources of care, etc. Efforts are also required to estimate the costs involved to self-medication and its effectiveness.”
Dangers of Self-Medication
Following are the dangers of self-medication:
- Undiagnosed Underlying Condition.
- Expired Medications.
- Antibiotic Misuse.
- Inaccurate Dosages.
- Mixing Medications.
More threats of Self-Medication that we overlook
A large number of potent drugs such as cough syrups, pain relievers, anti-allergies, laxatives, antibiotics, antacids and vitamin could cause allergy, habituation, and even addiction.
When the patient is unsure of the dosage, you are at risk for taking enough to result in an accidental overdose. If you take a dosage that is too small, it is not likely to be effective and you may become sicker.
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“Prescription drugs need to be more strictly regulated in order to safeguard the patients’ life and prevent him from the deleterious and life-threatening adverse drug reactions such allergic reactions and renal (kidney) impairment.”