self-medication


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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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'People usually resort to self-medication whenever they have malaria attacks and such habit usually leads to the death of most malaria patients.
This was stated by former dirctor-general (DG) Health Services Punjab, Dr Munir Ahemd, while commenting on the awareness campaign about the use of antibiotics and self-medication.
When asked regarding the frequency of self-medication, it was not surprising to note that 43.8% of the medical students self-medicate at least two to three times a year as compared to 30.4% of non-medical students.
Self-medication is not, in any case, the right thing to do when you are ill.
World Health Organisation (WHO) defines self-medication (SM) as the selection and usage of medicines by individual to treat self-evaluated illness or infirmity.
"The cooperation between Ypsomed and Schreiner MediPharm yielded an innovative and complete solution for pharmaceutical manufacturers, who are now able to provide patients with the SmartPilot, a valuable tool supporting them in self-medication efforts," said Andreas Schneider, Innovation & Business Development Manager at Ypsomed.
He advised the general public to follow precautionary measures like: take safe (boiled) drinking water; ice of unknown purity should also be avoided; fruits, vegetables and utensils should be washed with boiled water; wash your hands with soap before eating; wash your hands with soap after going to toilet; people should avoid eating outside home; always visit qualified doctor and avoid self-medication, Hakeems and other health providers.
It was found that 200 (90%) respondents practiced self-medication. The common conditions for seeking antihistaminics included allergic rhinitis as reported by 78 students (39%), sinusitis by 68 students (34%), motion sickness by 14 students (7%), urticaria by 28 students (14%), and antihistaminics in insect bite by 12 students (6%) as shown in Figure 1.
Duque added: 'Let us put an end to our self-medication behavior.
"We are losing antibiotics, one by one, and they will not be effective on our patients if self-medication continues."
Tagarda echoed the appeal of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III against self-medication using Doxycyline, an antibiotic preventing development of antimicrobial resistance.
Self-medication is the use of drugs with therapeutic intent without professional advice or prescription.