A large number of people try to experiment by either buying medicines over the counter at the nearby chemist or take resort to whatever medication is available at home or the neighbor’s place. This intake of medicines, without even consulting any physician, is what can be described as self-medication. It is very dangerous even for minor ailments and can lead to many complications later. Self-medication could be the cause of habituation, addiction, and allergy.
The potential threats of self-medication can have the following consequences:
Self-Medication Can Be Severely Reactive
A substantial amount of dangerous drugs such as pain relievers, cough syrups, anti-allergies, antacids, laxatives, vitamins, etc. is sold over the counter (OTC), which may not be suitable for everyone. In fact, antibiotics such as Penicillin or Sulphur drugs can cause severe reactions in many people, the impact of which can be fatal.
Hazardous Drug Combinations And Insufficient Dosage
Self-medication makes a person exposed to several medicines needlessly, each of which can have undesirable effects. The so-called alternative medicines abound the market, and some professionals prescribe many irrational combinations. It is extremely dangerous as it can adversely affect the body and lead to some serious problem over the time.
Have you noticed that if you have a fever, cough, and cold, indigestion or stomach upset, almost everyone from friends, relatives to total strangers give expert advice to take a particular medicine? Sometimes it might happen that the symptoms just subside temporarily with these medications and lead to major complications later. It then becomes difficult even for the doctors to diagnose and treat the illness.
Risk Of Cardiac Arrest Or Kidney Failure
Medicines like analgesics and painkillers are most misused commonly. They can cause acidity, gastroenteritis, and other disorders if bought without the doctor’s prescription because the dosage is of primary importance. It can increase the risk of stroke by four times in patients who suffer from high blood pressure and can even cause severe kidney damage. This can prove incurable and mortal in the long run.
Fatal And Disastrous Effect On Pregnant Women
This is perhaps most dangerous, as self-medication involves the intake of drugs, unlike other aspects of health care. If a pregnant woman takes medicine without a prescription, it could harmfully affect the unborn child causing birth defects and congenital deformities.
Steps To Prevent Self-Medication
We can see that popping pills without consulting the physician is very dangerous and the government should propose stricter “Drug Control” to disallow the sale of over the counter (OTC) medicines in the market without a valid prescription. The doctors should also be more judicious in recommending the right drugs, and the general public should be made more conscious of the serious health implications of self-medication, giving them adequate information about their use.