Self-medication can be very useful as well as risky too if you do not know the proper use. Self-medication is defined as the consumption of medications without the intervention of health professionals. It is estimated that between 10 and 30% of the population is self-medicated, and of that percentage, 70% is usually the victim of unwanted reactions.
It is a frequent bad habit to go directly to the pharmacy and, without consulting with the professional, to acquire a medicine that some acquaintance has advised us to combat a certain symptomatology. Each person has certain characteristics that the doctor takes into account when imposing a treatment, and often differs greatly between one patient and another.
Self-medication in pregnancy:
In the case of pregnancy, self-medication is absolutely inadvisable, since there are drugs that are easily absorbable by the placenta, and that can cause serious damage to the fetus. When you decide to take a medication on your own, ask your doctor for advice, or read carefully in the package leaflet if you are contraindicated in case of pregnancy.
Self-medication can lead to allergy symptoms: headache, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, hives … In the case of antibiotics, the severity is that viral strains are strengthened.
Leftovers from previous treatments
The medications used in these cases are leftovers from previous treatments, and that is why it is important to discard them at the conclusion of a treatment; non-prescription medications; medicines that need a prescription and are obtained without it; alternative medicines (herbs, natural products, etc …)
Prior consultation with the GP
In the event that the patient is also taking other medications associated with a treatment, it is advisable to make a prior consultation with the GP or pharmacist about the compatibility of the drugs.