Ironically, and rather not aptly fitting to a large extent; self-medication for some, is seen as part of self-care which is vital to healthcare and general wellbeing. But it’s problematic when its effects are watered down, making it seem less venomous and harmless or even as a good thing. But results have shown that the stakes are high and there is a need to be careful. So we explore the risks here.
By the WHO definition; “Self-medication involves the use of medicinal products by the consumer to treat self-diagnosed disorders or symptoms, or the intermittent or continued use of medication prescribed for chronic or recurrent diseases or symptoms.”
It’s perfectly natural for one to look for an easy way out of the suffering, especially with the symptoms presenting themselves as plainly as they do. It’s tempting or so to speak a no-brainer to pick up an item labeled ‘painkiller’ when one feels pain. It is only a logical thing to do.
Cough should be a simple condition to manage, right?
Not really, there are questions to ask, like What if it’s only a symptom of another disease? What if self-medicating masks the symptoms of a much debilitating illness?
They say the most exhausting battle to fight is against one’s self and disease is the proverbial enemy in this fight, but when it comes to spending on doctors and other professionals for help, the battle is also one of finances which makes it many times worse because it begins to negatively interfere with many other aspects of life. Then there are the tests, and also waiting in line at a time when you prefer to be doing many other things. These are all valid reasons to self-medicate when the need arises, and sometimes it works but is the risk worth it? Answering the question will give you a perfect balance.
There are over the counter medications that are easily considered in case of certain ailments and the most common conditions are some that we will list below:
1. Pain (Menstrual pains, Headaches, Toothaches)
2. Diarrhea
3. Sleeplessness
4. Digestive problems
5. Fatigue, anxiety, and body weakness
6. Allergies
7. Colds and coughs
It is not the rule, but it may be passable to self-medicate in some instances. Although it is advisable that if a visit to a physician seems impossible, then a pharmacist should be able to help you weigh the risks when you decide to choose your favorite brand of Paracetamol to get over the discomfort.
But more often than not: Let the experts help you. It is what they’re trained to do!

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