Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Self medication harmful for health


Popping pills without an expert’s instruction, even if the disorder is minor, could have severe repercussions, warns 360Degree Healthcare Services.  

Generally, we all habitually pop pills for a general ailment that comprises fever, cold, cough, dehydration, blood pressure, headache and allied such disorders without bothering to consult a doctor. Self-medication, even for minor ailments, could lead to medical complications. A large number of potent drugs such as pain relievers, cough remedies, anti-allergies, laxatives, antibiotics, antacids and vitamins are sold over-the-counter (OTC). Self-medication with OTC medicines could cause allergy, habituation, and addiction.

Some antibiotics such as penicillin or sulpha drugs can cause severe reactions in the body for some people. These could be fatal. Incorrect dosage of medicines will not cure and will prolong recovery. On the other hand, over-dosage may damage liver, kidneys and other organs. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics: These could, over a long time, lead to antimicrobial resistance. Consequently, the antibiotic may become ineffective when taken in the future.

As per Mr. Chaitendra Gautam, CMD of 360Degree Health Services, “Some herbal drugs and medicines may cause drug-to-drug interactions and adversely affect the body. Self-medication by pregnant women could harmfully affect the unborn child causing congenital anomalies and birth defects. Unlike other facets of self-care, self-medication involves the intake of drugs, which have the potential to be beneficial or harmful. Their improper use can have serious health implications, especially among children, the aged, and in people with particular physiological circumstances such as pregnancy and lactation. The government and health authorities must make sure that only safe drugs are made available OTC. Consumers should be given adequate information regarding their use.”

 Generally it is seen that people usually takes Combiflam without consulting a doctor which is too very dangerous. Skin rashes, dizziness, weak feeling, lower back pain and weariness are some other side effects reported in patients using Combiflam tablets.

Mr. Chaitendra Gautam, says, “Self-medication is a human behavior in which an individual uses a substance or any exogenous influence to self-administer treatment for often unmanaged, undiagnosed physical or psychological ailments. The psychology of such behavior is typically within the specific context of using recreational drugs, psychoactive drugs, alcohol, and other forms of behavior to alleviate symptoms of mental distress, stress and anxiety, including mental illnesses and/or psychological trauma, is particularly unique and can serve as a serious detriment to physical and mental health if motivated by addictive mechanisms.”

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