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overuse

Health care The common use of a particular intervention even when the benefits of the intervention don't justify the potential harm or cost–eg, prescribing antibiotics for a probable viral URI. Cf Misuse, Underuse.
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Outpatient therapy usually works for patients who have overused triptans, but some need inpatient therapy.
Spokesman John Lister said overused phrases were a barrier to communication.
It's equally important that children rest their bones, joints and muscles by either cross-training or changing sports throughout the year to prevent one area from becoming stressed and overused.
The Linkedin 2011 study of the most overused buzzwords on profiles shows "creative" tops the list, followed by "track record" and "motivate".
This confirms the longstanding feeling among many doctors that certain medications used to treat migraine may increase the frequency of headaches if overused.
But so far our relievers have shown no signs of being overused.
Antibiotics are overused everywhere from the doctor's office to the livestock ranch.
If language is currency, using overused words and phrases causes inflation and thereby cheapens one's own writing and speaking.
Examination of administrative claims data from three California health plans suggests that antibiotics are overused for the common cold and that drugs to treat asthma, depression and heart failure are under-used.
It appears to be making a comeback and it's already overused.
There's a lot to talk about young players getting overused and I will use Wayne as I see fit.