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This Is Why Self-Medication May Kill You

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.

This Is Why Self-Medication May Kill You


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:

  1. Undiagnosed Underlying Condition.
  2. Expired Medications.
  3. Antibiotic Misuse.
  4. Inaccurate Dosages.
  5. 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.

Drug Interactions

This Is Why Self-Medication May Kill You

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.

Online Medicine Market & Self-Medication

“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.”

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