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self-medication

(sĕlf′mĕd′ĭ-kā′shən)
n.
Medication of oneself without professional supervision to treat an illness or condition, as by using an over-the-counter drug or preparation.

self′-med′i·cate′ v.

self-medication

Psychiatry The consumption of a substance, without physician imput, to compensate for any medical or psychological condition. See Over-the-counter drug.

self-medication

The use of mood-altering substances, such as alcohol or opiates, in an attempt to alleviate depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric disorders.
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According to doctors self medication is very dangerous activity which can not let you survive.
Self medication practices of reproductive age group women in Thiruvananthapuram district, South India: A questionnaire--based study.
Standardized questions included, reason of self medication, type of medication, adverse reactions of medication and perception of patients about self medication and demographic questions.
Pre and post-interventional pattern of self medication in three common illnesses in staff of a tertiary hospital.
Knowledge and attitude towards antimicrobial self medication usage: a cross sectional study among medical and nursing students.
Self medication has been defined as the use of drugs to treat self diagnosed disorders or symptoms or the intermittent, or continued use of prescribed drugs for chronic or recurrent disease or symptoms.
Dubai: Seasonal flu cases are expected to rise by about 15-20 per cent with changing weather, according to doctors who have advised caution with self medication, especially antibiotics.
As very few studies have been published in our community regarding usage of self medication we conducted this cross-sectional study in the coastal region of Pudhucherry, South India, t assess the prevalence and pattern of SM use.
Despite a flujab and the religious self medication of Echinacea, I have a cold.
For OTC companies, the challenge lies in encouraging consumers to try new brands in a category characterized by auto-pilot purchasing, shopper loyalty and the added element of deep cultural traditions of self medication in many countries," said Deepak Varma, s.