You must have heard that all medicines cause side effects. But if you haven’t, then it’s D-day because the assertion is factual. But then you won’t care to listen to any of ‘that’ when you clenched your fists over the pain that refuses to go away, you’ll want to grab that painkiller and end it without having to see a physician who’ll ask questions before they prescribe anything. And also, there is a somewhat cringe worthy moment for some people when they have to explain their UTI symptoms to a pharmacist with an overeager listener standing next to them in line, intently eavesdropping on a private conversation. Going through all this yet you know what worked last time, and you could just mention it, get it, and walk right out of the pharmacy.
As we have established, it’s easy to turn to self-medication with a lack of awareness of the short and long-term effects. Sometimes it’s the influence of persuasive adverts, the ease with which we can get this medication cost-cutting, and then having a busy schedule, these are all potent reasons that can bait anyone to fall a victim of rampant self-medication whatever their socio-economic standing.
However, there is a need to know that the possibility is high for results to be worse than the ailment being treated. Self-medication can even be fatal and the simplest multivitamin formulation can spark off new problems or worsen existing ones. Some of the common complications are as below:
1. Increased costs in case of any adverse effects
2. A wrong diagnosis which may cost a life
3. Addictions
4. Drug resistance especially with the antibiotics
5. Incorrect choice of therapy for those with psychological concerns
6. Wrong dosages lead to severe conditions or damage of body organs
7. Risk of drug interactions
What can we all do to fight risky self-medication?
1. Schedule appointments with qualified medical personnel whenever there is a need.
2. Finish your dose: Every dose prescribed for you should be completed by you and within the slated period even when you feel better.
3. Find a pharmacy near you and be open to the pharmacist attending to you, tell them all the signs and symptoms, and also, answer all questions to the best of your knowledge.
4. Get educated on first aid medication: Don’t assume to know them.
5. Seek advice: Advice should only be received from professionals and not family or friends. That multivitamin that helped a friend may be harmful to you.
Keep safe!

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