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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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"Many times, patients will overuse the adhesive and, although it happens rarely, they can ingest toxic levels of zinc, with adverse neurologic effects," he added.he optimal use of denture adhesive involves placing a thin film or a series of dots across the denture surface, which will ensure that a patient is not overusing the adhesive.
Overusing analgesics also interferes with effective prophylaxis, he said, citing a "'seminal" 1990 study in which all patients received the same training in coping skills.
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.
Underpaying workers and overusing antibiotics may offer a short-term competitive edge, but it's a potentially disastrous recipe in today's global market.
"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.