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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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An ill-fitting denture is one reason that a patient could be overusing adhesive," said Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Manuel A.
He told the court Mrs Bell may have been inadvertently overusing the blood thinning drugs, and that if she was and she fell and injured herself she could suffer internal bleeding.
A multistate investigation had alleged that Pfizer misrepresented Zithromax's effectiveness in treating ear infections in children, and that the company failed to disclose the risks of overusing antibiotics.
The Gagne debate: Tracy doesn't take kindly to speculation that he's overusing All-Star closer Eric Gagne.
The problem of overusing ICSI is that there is a very small but statistically significant increased risk that some of the babies born from the technique appear to have health problems.
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): A new study has discovered that overusing of certain commonly prescribed medications could increase the frequency of migraine attacks.