Self-medication is using one’s discretion to select and consume medicines in order to treat self-diagnosed health conditions or symptoms without any medical expertise. It is mostly practiced in the case of generic pharmaceuticals, that any pharmaceutical manufacturing company in India produces, like painkillers, cough syrups, anti-histamines, laxatives, supplements, antacids etc, those that don’t require prescriptions.
Self-medication, if backed with sound medical knowledge or some experience in handling the problem in question can be very beneficial as it saves precious time and can provide instant relief to a patient. However, it is not a safe practice, particularly in the case of non-responsible self-medication.
As one of the leading contract manufacturing pharmaceutical companies to the best Indian pharmaceutical companies, Aries believes in practicing safety and precaution when it comes to any medication. In this blog we will be talking about the dangers of self medication.
- Incorrect self-diagnosis
Some minor health issues and injuries can be treated with general medicines, especially if the person taking them is aware about their medical conditions. However, it can also result in inaccurate diagnosis in certain cases. Not all ailments can be treated with generic medication, even if the immediate relief may feel like it.
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- Delayed medical treatment
As mentioned, self medicating can provide instant or momentary relief that can mislead people into believing that the health issue is resolved or isn’t something to worry about, thus delaying proper medical treatment. While in some cases the issues may not be serious or life threatening, it is also possible that the disease is only getting suppressed, leading to regular relapses.
- Adverse reactions
If you’ve self analysed your symptoms and self-prescribed medication that didn’t lead to any adverse reactions then you are either very lucky or have some pharma sense. However, it can be a dangerous thing to do especially with specialty drugs
With self medication you might also get the dosage wrong which can have a detrimental effect on your health. That is why it is always advised to consult a physician or your doctor before taking any medicines.
- Worsening of the health condition
While the medicines you take or recommend to someone based on your own discretion might offer some relief, there is a high chance that it might actually be harmful for health. Sometimes a delay in correct diagnosis, or constantly suppressing a larger health condition with temporary solutions, or an allergic reaction to the medicine can worsen your general health or the disease you or the other person might be suffering from.
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- Dangerous drug interaction
Another risk with self medication is dangerous drug interaction. You might not have the knowledge of how certain medicines react with other medication that you might be on. That is why before prescribing any medicines, doctors and pharmacists ask about your medical history if any, and the medications you are currently on.
- Concealing severe diseases
Taking medicines that are helping you with the issue for the time being might be masking severe health conditions and illnesses. The immediate relief might lead you to believe that there is no actual problem while your body might be suffering and deteriorating inside.
- Risk of dependence and abuse
There is a major risk of abuse and addiction with self medication, especially with painkillers and antidepressants.
- Self-medication is instant and there is no expense of consulting a doctor. However, if it goes wrong, it can cause serious health issues, leading to increased medical expenses later. Self-medication can result in permanent damage to one’s health, disabilities or premature death. Hence, the safest option is to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any medication. Aries Drugs is one of the leading Third Party Manufacturing Pharma Company in India