Impending habit of self-medication

It is often simpler to avoid the time and hassle of visiting a clinic and use over-the-counter medication to alleviate the physical discomfort of an illness. Unfortunately, some consequences associated with popping pills are just not worth the risks.

Your friends and family are right when they tell you about their prescription medicine for a very similar medical condition, but it’s only right for them. Do you know that doctors can prescribe dozens of different medicines for the exact same viral infection.

“It’s just a minor headache that I get every once in a month”

“Oh, I think I’ve caught a bad cold in the rain yesterday.”

“I missed my periods. The website says it’s quite normal for women of my age”

“This icky corn on my foot will just go away in a week. Ah!”

“Well, the box says use as per doctor’s prescription. It should be alright, eh?”

“I took the same medicine when I got this rash 2 years back!”

We repeatedly use these phrases in day-to-day lives. Well there are lots of good enough reasons that we should start taking things seriously. Potential risks of self-medication practices include:

  1. incorrect self-diagnosis,
  2. delays in seeking medical advice when needed
  3. infrequent but severe adverse reactions
  4. dangerous drug interactions
  5. incorrect manner of administration
  6. inappropriate dosage
  7. improper choice of therapy
  8. masking of a severe disease
  9. risk of dependence and abuse

It is always best to consult our symptoms and physical ailments with a trained medical professional. Getting an accurate diagnosis and a personalised treatment plan is the best way to avoid any complications or health risks.

Dilemma arises when we don’t have time to walk up to a clinic as the symptoms strikes. In coming times, telemedicine shall play a greater role in getting primary consultation from healthcare professionals remotely. Doctors will be able to advise all the addressable problems via multiple digital mediums. This will not only help us to avoid this risky habit of behaving as doctors but can actually put a check upon things going wrong!

Team Healthist