Is it ok to self-medicate?

Is it ok to self-medicate?
Nowadays many people self-medicate, that's because it is so easy, you just need to go to Walgreens or Walmart and buy a nonprescription medicine.I think is a cultural thing, because is habitual for us that when we have flu we go to any market and we buy an anti-flu medicine. But I think it isn't ok because the person doesn't know if he/she is allergic to any compound from the formula, and the worst is that the patient can get worse because he/she doesn't know exactly what is happening inside their bodies. What do you think? Is ok to self-medicate?


It's very wrong to self medicate if you are not a medical practitioner or student. it's always important to seek the prescription of a medical personnel before embarking on the self medication thingy. Here in this part of the world, where am residing, it's now like a culture, people now prefer going to the chemist shop to buy drugs they think is the cure to their problem or illness and at the same time creating another backdoor or a link point for other illness. And another reason you have to meet the Medical experts, is that they are some drugs that will not the chemicals will react with your body, so they avoid that and give you an alternate one. This is actually becoming a norm and should be stopped by all means. the bad and harmful effect can not be over emphasized
Posted by Authord on 08-20-2017
It depends on how sick the person is. If it's just an ordinary cold, headache, or allergy maybe you can buy your own meds but if it's a serious case or the symptoms are still occuring after taking up medicines, that's the time when you have to consult a specialist.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-20-2017
In this digital age where information is available in the internet, I know that there are many who are researching about their ailments and doing a self-medication. But I agree that for minor ailments the internet can help and can give you guidance on the right medication that you need. But for a serious ailment I guess it is wrong to self-medicate unless you are a physician.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-07-2018
You can't really just go and buy everything that's being offered. Of course it depends on what kind of sickness you are curing, if it's just a cold everyone can get some vitamins and something for the head, however if it's something more serious then it's not really advisable to go and drink stuff you don't really understand, you should always consult with a doctor, that's why these jobs exist and they will continue to exist, you can at least consult with someone who understand a bit more of the subject than just carelessly buying anything.
Posted by manmad on 08-20-2017
It is not always advisable to self medicate for various reasons. Firstly, the person may be allergic to the medicine and this may cause some serious side effects. Some diseases can't be treated using those store bought drugs and in some cases taking such medicines may aggravate the disease.
Posted by Pixie on 08-20-2017
In general, no... Self-medication is a terrible thing to do. But I think depending on the situation, self-medication is not something dangerous considering the knowledge that the person has about the problem. But in any case, to avoid further problems, it's always better to see a doctor.
Posted by wiseagent on 08-20-2017
Of course, it isn't. Doctors go to school for years to learn, among many other things, how to properly medicate patients. If you do it on your own, without any professional assistance, you are risking serious harm for your metabolism. Be smart and trust the doctors.
Posted by Vatroslav on 08-20-2017
It depends on what you are suffering from. Treating a head cold is very different than treating diabetes for instance. I think that many people try to treat too much without the assistance of a doctor and it leads to problems down the road. Any chronic or serious medical condition should be treated by a doctor in my opinion. It is just the proper thing to do as far as I am concerned. It will lead to better effects.
Posted by kgord on 08-20-2017
I think this question is dependent on what your definition of self medicating is. Does self medicating involve prescription or over the counter pharmaceuticals, alcohol, marijuana, or other recreational type substances? Depending on what you feel self medicating is or involves, people have been doing this long before there were local pharmacy stores to walk into. Alcohol has been around since ancient civilizations and though it was used as a safe alternative to plain water, I can only assume that it was also used as a form of medication. Marijuana is a natural plant that has also been used since ancient civilizations and has had its place in medicating on a daily basis. The ancient Roman senate burned marijuana during their meetings as a means to keep everyone calm during discussion. Can you imagine if we did that in White House meetings in America today? Now days, marijuana is definitely becoming a more prevalent and more accessible means of medicating, whether for ailments that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars in manmade pharmaceuticals or for self-medicating. For some people, self-medicating means an escape from life or a problem, but for others self-medicating might mean the difference of living in pain or terror compared to living a typical life. Consider those with PTSD, their options might be living in terror, drugged on addictive, manmade pharmaceuticals, or "self-medicating" with marijuana. Not all people believe that doctors or modern medicine are the best answers. So, again, I think this question is very open ended and ultimately it depends on what is considered self-medicating and what each individuals situation may be.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-20-2017
I'm one of those people who have self medicated often. If you got flu, cold, headaches and things like these, you won't need a doctor unless it is some kind of infection, and even if it is you can self medicate if you know what to do. Obviously if it's something that's really causing a lot of damage and self medicating doesn't work, you need a doctor. I think if something lasts for more than 3 days you need one.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-20-2017
I think it's wrong to self medicate, unless you do it for something like a headache. I used to self medicate and it only worked sometimes. You never know if a simple cold was generated by an infection in your throat or anything else.
Posted by Tania997 on 08-20-2017
Well as long as you have common diseases and issues with your body, you can do the self-medication but there is a time limit to it. That means if you are having a headache for a day, have some mild analgesic and antipyretic.If the problem persists you need to see a doctor and stop doing experiments with your body. As there are lots of Over the counter medicines that generally don't do that much harm and they are called " OTC" for a reason.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 08-20-2017
Self-Medicating is risky period. In the right circumstances I do think that it could be done properly. However, the majority are definitely not in a position to safely take on self-medicating.

There are lots of people that try the self- medicating route and fail, only to become drug addicts themselves. You have no way to measure moderation when you are self-medicating, whereas a doctor will provide you with a prescription. A prescription is automatically moderated by the amount the doctor prescribes, self-medicating is easily abusable.
Posted by ChelzBZD on 08-20-2017
It depends on your health condition. If you have a fever, you can take a paracetamol yourself without any consultation. However, if your fever does not come down, you will have to consult your doctor. Likewise you can get a cough syrup for your cough, however, it coughing persists, you should get serious about your conditon. You can self medicate as long as you are suffering from seious conditions, however, if self medication does not control, you will have to consult a doctor.
Posted by vinaya on 08-20-2017
Yes it is okay to self medicate depending on the nature of the illness. If you have stomach pain and you know the number of tablet to use to cure yourself quickly then i think that is okay. If the ailment or illness is very serious e.g typhoid fever, deep wounds e.t.c then it is better to see the doctor for proper treatment to receive quick healing on time.
Posted by babyright on 08-20-2017
Depends on the case really. While I don't think that everyone should self-medicate always, some things just don't require a doctor's visit. Still, I see lots of people who are on the verge of hypochondria rather than self-medicating. It seems they need to visit the doctor for everything
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-20-2017
I don't trust doctors that much, in serious conditions one should always consult at least three doctors, that's why I opt for self medication first, after I've finished educating myself about the condition, which could come in handy if ever I'm forced to go to the doctor. the last time iv been in the hospital, was when I did an eyesight test for the driver licence, years ago.
Posted by joey98 on 08-20-2017
If don't want to put your life in your own hands then I would not self medicate. Doctors are there for a reason, they go to school and know what medicines react with other medicines. For example my high blood pressure meds mixes badly with over the counter cold medicine. It could literally kill me if I take the wrong medicine. And in closing if you don't have the money to go to a doctor at the very least I would ask the pharmacist if what you're taking will cause a reaction with the medicine that your about to buy.
Posted by Soulwatcher on 08-20-2017
Even if the Internet serves as a source of knowledge about remedies and diseases, I believe that we should always maintain medical opinion first. I believe that the best thing to do when you are not feeling well is to always look for a doctor and perform the necessary tests to discover your pathology. Home remedies from plants can even be used, but I think that synthetic remedies should always be taken with medical prescriptions.
Posted by hermessantos on 08-20-2017
Many people do it but that does not make it right because there are times when they may be taking the wrong type of drug which could be potentially harmful in some cases. Even the doctor who has been trained has to sometimes rely on other means such as diagnostic tests to decide the treatment and medications for some complaints. Therefore it's risky business for anyone to self-medicate themselves.
Posted by explorerx7 on 08-20-2017
Self medication can be really harmful, intake of a non prescribed medicine for a flu or other sickness may lead to future consequences. The body can be cured using medicines at the store but I likely not advise in when it comes to allergic reaction and always took consultation with a family doctor before taking any drugs. Self medication cannot kill you but taking unknown chemicals can make a difference in the body. This things are too risky and needed some attention when it comes to medication.
Posted by Gidsmonts101 on 08-20-2017
It depends on what sickness you are suffering from. If it is minor or common flu, cold, runny nose, cough, headache, fever, diarrhea, I am sure that over the counter medicines are not a problem. I had been "self medicate" for many years since I was married. I used to visit the doctor over mild sickness and all I get are anti biotic pills and cough syrup which cost me $75 while I could get it at OTC for $4. Other than that, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problem, it is wise to seek the professional advice, don't be a doctor yourself.
Posted by peachpurple on 08-21-2017
It is rather dangerous to intake medicines that are not prescribed by doctors, especially if one takes anti-bacterial medicines if he is sick as it could only make the bacteria or virus stronger and resistant. I would recommend going to the doctor before drinking non-prescribed medicines other than those for headaches and cold. There was even an advocacy here back then as to stop people from letting their children drink non-prescribed anti-bacterial medicines because of the lack of awareness.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-21-2017
It honestly depends on what ailment you're facing. Like there is no need to go to a doctor at any or every sign of a cold, but you shouldn't try to hold out on seeking professional help if the cold drags on more than a month. It's mostly about how much knowledge you have about the sickness that you feel that you don't need help to identify since it's the little things that show that you have a big problem.
Posted by AlexHarris on 08-21-2017
rose thornes
If its just a common flu, cough, fever, headache, stomachache or toothache I think its normal to self medicate. Everyone know the common cure for it but if the symptoms still persist after couple of days its better to consult the doctors. What is not advisable is when you heard that there is a certain medicine that can cure certain diseases like hypertension, rheumatism, diabetes, tumor, etc. and your taking it without the doctor prescriptions. This might result a conflict to the medicine prescribed by your doctor and might developed to other diseases. Its better to ask professional help regarding some serious disease instead of self medication because instead of making your self better you might just making it worst.
Posted by rose thornes on 08-21-2017
Well, my country doesn't got shops like Walmart so the only way we can actually buy any sort of medicine is strictly over the counter in the pharmacies and they also advise you if you ever do. I think that if self-medicating is okay depends on how ill you are. If it is just a headache then sure, take an aspirin but if you got a high fever for a few days or a bad cold, definitely go see a doctor so he gives you whatever is needed. I wouldn't feel safe if I was trying to self-medicate myself. It just isn't the correct thing to do.
Posted by Mehano on 08-21-2017
Self Medicare is not OK. Because we do not know which medicine will work with me. Any time any accident can be done for taking medicine without prescription. Like I am thinking one medicine as a sleeping pill but if I go to doctor than may be Doctor would refer me to another medicine.

Thanks Centurion
Posted by centurion on 08-21-2017
People nowadays are tend to self-medicate even though it isn't right to do do, maybe they are just being practical but practical isn't healthy at all times so it's always better to consult an expert or doctors to be exact.
Posted by Vastor122 on 08-21-2017
I think they do that because many doctors and the pharma are giving the bad medication. And that tends to make things a bit harder for them as well. So we have to understand how easily or tough way it can manage as well. I think doctors need to build more trust so that people avoid self medication.
Posted by overcast on 11-16-2018
It depends on what the problem is and what we consider self-medicate to be. Many people forget about the first medicine because we have become so dependent on a systematic existence that we have to be directed to produce lifestyle results when we were naturally born to achieve this. There is an old proverb that states 'let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.' Food is the first form of medication and as such we all self medicate as a result of what we put into our bodies on a daily basis. Consequently if this is the way we self medicate we also expose ourselves to considerable harm as a result of what we put into our bodies. We have to define every now and then what self medication is and where do we stand with this regarding our food and lifestyle as a whole. What we do and our environment, how we carry ourselves could very well be a part of or an extended version of self medication. This goes far beyond any drug store or even any immediate occurrence of sickness. In some cases if it involves checking ourselves in terms of our lifestyles and diet and living conditions as an extended form of self medication then I think more people should 'self meditate on self medication' to prevent any future and further life long complication!
Posted by Joteque on 08-21-2017
Medication and health are one of the great informational black holes in modern society. So much flat out garbage is posted by the superstitious and those who have confused their ISP bill for a doctorate that it becomes seriously difficult for a layman to educate himself without risk of misinformation. On that note, I'd say that simple remedies such as spotty pain relief or the occasional Tums is obviously no cause for concern. The real trouble comes when people acclimate to ailments they should be talking to a doctor about. Many are those who said "Aww, I'm perfectly healthy!" on the 22nd day in a row they've had a headache. Chronic issues should never be treated without a doctor to guide you as even over the counter medications can have serious consequences in the long term, and herbal junk medicine can be downright toxic.
Posted by JaiGuru on 08-21-2017
Self medication did by some people yet has limitations and type of drug they used are common drug for temporary relief. Like head ache we orally intake analgesic to lessen the pain, taking decongestant to cure clogged nose, and anti-histamines to cure certain allergies but in moderate way because it causes palpitation to some people. As long the drug is not abuse its okay to self medicate.
Posted by rogel on 08-21-2017
Some of the time you can do self medication. As you can see that does help the body and mind to some extent. And if you are paying attention it can be helpful for the typical fever and some of the issues. But you may notice that in some cases you can't really do the self medication. And for this reason it can be adding into some of the issues on many ways. You may have to think about what you take for medication.
Posted by overcast on 08-21-2017
This topic is very timely because an aunt just got home from the hospital. She was diagnosed to have bleeding ulcers. And the doctor suspects that my aunt was taking medications not prescribed by a doctor. Well, the patient admitted that she was taking pain reliever for her knee that is arthritic. It is a good lesson for us that self medication can lead to something serious. Always consult a doctor for any ailment.
Posted by Corzhens on 08-21-2017
I think it's okay to self medicate. More people understand how to medicate. And how to do medication for specific small problem using the homeopathy. We get to understand that medication has any output in that case. I have learned that medication does not always have to be prescription based. That's what I consider there as well.
Posted by overcast on 11-16-2018
Self-medication should not be used until and unless it's an emergency. You can use the simple anti-fever or anti-flu tablets if you think that you won't be able to get to the doctor in some hours and you need some type of relaxation. But if an emergency is not the case, then it's always better to go to the doctor for a full checkup and get your prescribed medications. Because the tablets you constantly use can seriously damage your health on the cost of just making you feel better when you have flu. You must always think twice before taking tablets yourself. Because, prevention is better than cure.
Posted by ahpkind on 08-21-2017
I don't agree on self medication. Well maybe for just simple headache, cough, flu and LBM it's ok cause i do that all the time, but other than this common sickness we should always ask for doctors opinion on what medicine to drink. We should really be careful in drinking medicine specially antibiotic because we all know it can damage our liver if we took it wrong.
Posted by zheh on 08-21-2017
I don't think it is okay to self medicate even if it is disease that you're been familiar with. Diseases also get adapt to medicines they are been treated with constantly, so it is better to see a specialist before using any drug.
Posted by yunken on 08-21-2017
I liken self-medication as a person suffering from Typhoid and buying Malaria drug to cure it(It can never work!). Self-medication is totally wrong and not an option simply because you can't actually detect what the nature of the sickness truly is on your own.In our society today, self-medication has become a normal thing. You will just get immediate relief and after some time, the symptoms will come back.If you ask people why they are self-medicating, many will say "they don't have time to see the doctor". Self-medication has done more harm than good, one of main side effect is that it leads to another sickness. I'm not a fan of it.
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-21-2017
It is actually very wrong to self medicate even though it looks like a norm.Many drug addicts we have today started from self medications or an innocent prescription which later degenerates into self medicating.We normally want to take some aspirin for our little headaches and anytime that headache comes,We naturally go and take the aspirin again until it can no longer treat the headache.The result is we tend to look for something stronger and that is the beginning of a long addiction journey.
Posted by yemzy on 08-21-2017
I believe it's kind of foolish to self-medicate especially if you have no medical background whatsoever. Once you start going this path of self-medication, then you might just be doing more harm than good. It is still way safer to go to the nearest physician for medical consultation.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-21-2017
No, it's not ok to do it. People usually end up worst when they do, BUT I have to admit I do it, since I'm a nurse it's really "easy" to do it because I have a medical background. I do it only with myself and my family members, I know it's wrong but going to a doctor in my country can be really expensive and if its something minor I'll do it. Of course I value the symptoms and if I think it's bad I just tell them to go to the doctor. If it's simple like a flu, stomachache or a back pain I'll do it.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 08-21-2017
gata montes
No its not advisable - as apart from the dangers of self medication caused by - incorrect self diagnosis, wrong choice of therapy, inappropriate mode of administration or errors in dosage - with almost all OTC medications having the potential - as all can interact with food, alcohol and many prescription only drugs - to cause adverse drug reactions - some of which can be dangerously severe - its generally considered way safer - to always check with a Pharmacist, Doctor or other Health Care Professional prior to using or taking anything and that includes herbal/natural remedies too.
Posted by gata montes on 08-21-2017
I think that if you do the proper research, that it is okay to self-medicate with herbs and natural substances. However, using synthetic substances, without understanding the dosage or the applications, is very dangerous. Also, self-medicating depression or other psychological issues with drugs or alcohol is also a very dangerous thing, and you can just complicate your issue doing this with possible addiction issues compounding the problem which is already there. You never really know how how your lack of knowledge of a substance can permanently damage or injure you, so you always need to be careful or wary of self-medicating.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-21-2017
This is the practice here as well, people choose to self-medicate and this is not healthy at all. When we are doing this we risk accelerating our disease if there is any or we risk that our affection to get high and affect our health. When we see that something is wrong with our health we should go to a doctor and make a check up. If we need medication the doctor will recommend us some, but in most of the cases, there is no need medication.
Posted by wallet on 08-21-2017
It depends on how sick you are. If it's something that you think might be serious then just go to the doctor but if it is something like a headache or a light cold I don't think it would be reckless to self-medicate. As I said before, it all depends of how sick you are.
Posted by felabruno on 08-21-2017
Self medication is what has come to stay with mankind.Even most learned or professionals just like to take drugs off the counter and that is it.No visiting of a physician,no test taken,no prescription by a doctor.This is really appalling as we do this so often.Self medication is quite bad because we may be harming the body without knowing and at the same time abusing drugs.
Posted by lovely on 08-21-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Well, growing up in America, you're conditioned to be medicated. Whether it's self-induced or prescribed. Regarding the act of self-medicating, I think it needs to be broken down into two categories. For example, you have people who experience symptoms and take time to thoroughly research what they're exactly feeling. Upon conclusion, they self-diagnose their possible illness, only to head to their local pharmacy to collect their drug of choice. This is still dangerous but involves thorough research along with deductive reasoning. Those that don't research anything and kind of just take a guess are morons. This is when self-medication goes completely wrong. Either way, it's best to seek professional advice no matter what condition big or small you're facing.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-21-2017
It matters what you're taking and whether or not you're abusing it. "Self medicating" usually has a negative connotation, such as using street drugs to feel better.

As for deciding your own course of treatment if you're sick that's an individual decision. In many cases, you really don't need medication. A cold will go away on its own in a few days. I don't take anything unless I have to.
Posted by Zyni on 08-21-2017
Anne Yarih
If it is just a simple cough and cold, or a small wound I got from peeling fruits, I can self medicate. But if it is some serious illness, I prefer visiting my doctor. Do not ignore if you experience some strange pain in any part of your body, because most of the time, it is a symptom of a serious illness that is trying to develop inside your body. Like me, I ignored the small cramps I feel in my uterus, I just self medicated and apply a hot compress thinking that maybe it is just dysmenorrhea. When I got married, I learned that I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which makes it difficult for me to get pregnant.
Posted by Anne Yarih on 08-21-2017
It's not ok to self medicate. You have to go to the doctor if you experience a different illness which you haven't experienced yet. If you know your that you have flu symptoms and you are familiar with your body then you can take flu medicine but if there are symptoms you haven't experienced yet then you have to consult a doctor.
Posted by Scarlet on 08-22-2017
I think it is going to depend on what the condition is. If we're talking about some regular old allergies, common cold, or some minor pains, I think it is definitely okay to self medicate. Going to see a doctor for certain common conditions is just a waste of both time and money. On the other hand, if it is something more serious such as a mental illness like depression, it is absolutely not okay to self medicate. Many people, such as myself at one point, try to treat their issues by self medicating through drugs and alcohol and it only ever makes things worse. Serious issues definitely should always be addressed by a trained professional.
Posted by Denis_P on 08-23-2017
It depends, if it's the flu, a headache, a small fever or a minor muscular pain, then you can buy medicine for that without consulting a doctor, unless you are known to have allergies to various medicines' compounds. However, if you're sick and it's something serious or it seems so, then you have to go to the doctor and you shouldn't self medicate. Serious illnesses are dangerous (obviously) and probably you are not a medical expert.
Posted by Dkaraly on 08-23-2017
Well it depends on the illness or the symptoms. Simple symptoms like headache can be remedied by a simple tylenol or paracetamol. But nowadays, there had been a rise in the number of antibiotic resistant microorganisms. One of the reasons for the increase was individuals who self medicate especially on antibiotics. Here in our country, the Philippines, purchasing antibiotics over the counter sometimes don't require a prescription. That is why, some individuals have access to wide array of antibiotics taking them just until the symptoms subside (not completing the 7-10 days recommended intake), not minding the harm it may cause to their body. This eventually leads to the abuse of such --producing antibiotic resistant strains.
Posted by Pumapipa on 08-23-2017
It depends but i hope people won't.A Lot of medicine have been sold without prescription, what's the bad thing about it is taking wrong medicine or wrong dosage of the specific medicine could be not suitable to the exact needs of the person who's taking the meds.Which means if the body/sickness of that person builds a strong immunity towards that drug if the person do/uses it all the time,then if that happens next time the medicine will not effect anymore as it needs a much higher I just want to share with you guys although a lot of things can be use as medicine, too much can be poison.
Posted by jeiyyy on 08-24-2017
Jo-Anne Saribay
For me, I think it's ok to self-medicate, especially if you only have the fever or a cough or cold because you can simply drink paracetamols. But of course, don't drink that much you need to time your self like think after 6 to 8 hours.
Posted by Jo-Anne Saribay on 08-24-2017
Only to something very minor like some scratches where you can just put a bandage on it and that's it. In other cases... absolutely not. Do not look at those survival movies where characters medicate themselves like it's the easiest thing ever! There's a reason why medical school take so long: IT'S HARD! The human body is hard to understand, you need years of practice. Don't medicate yourself, you'll get something wrong and might make things worse.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 08-31-2017
for me if you have minor injuries or sick we can use those self medication first aid like paracetamol etc but if it comes to major sickness we need a doctor to help us because self medication sometimes is too risky maybe it will only lead us to much bigger problem in health.
Posted by tophew on 09-01-2017
Once a serious illness is involved, self medication is never to be given any thoughts because it might results severe damage of one's organ or health if it doesn't result to instant death.

A proper channel should be followed time of illness. Going to see a doctor and undergoing laboratory tests to ascertain what nature of the sickness is and then through doctors drugs prescription should drugs be bought and taken accordingly.

Only in minor cases of headaches after too much work stress in a day should self medication be allowed to come in.
Posted by Heatman on 09-01-2017
For me, you can self medicate for some minor issue like a flu, or a small burn or cut. But any intense pain, or condition have to be checked by a proper physician. Usually I have to fight with my parents because they tend to self medicate themselves, just to avoid going to the doctor. I've seen many cases or people who have lost their beloved ones, because they didn't get the proper and qualified medical attention, just because they wanted to medicate themselves and skip the visit to the doctor.
Posted by ballyhara on 09-04-2017
I think it depends a lot on the symptoms you're presenting, but in general... I don't think self-medication is a good idea because it's like you're playing some kind of russian roulette (which is obviously a very bad thing).

It's not my kind of thing. I'll always prefer to see a doctor.
Posted by wiseagent on 09-24-2017
I do not see anything wrong in someone that has grown to understand how his/her body system works taking self-medication, I mean it is not really a bad thing to do since it can help save the cost of visiting the doctor at that particular moment. I understand that visiting the doctor is going to ensure that if there is another cause of the ailment, it can be diagnosed, but if the person uses self-medication and the illness goes at that particular time, then I don't see anything wrong with that.
Posted by Barida on 09-26-2017
Self medication could endanger the life of the person doing it. Any drugs that will be taken should have a prescription from a doctor. Self medication could lead to incorrect medicine intake, bad reactions because of wrong medicine, incorrect self-diagnosis, etc.
Posted by vhinz on 10-09-2017
Yes, it is okay to self-medicate. Many people abuse prescription antibiotics. Sometimes this abuse can be accidental. Someone might just be a hypochondriac that goes to the doctor all the time. Unfortunately, using too many antibiotics can make them ineffective at treating illnesses. Therefore, it is good if people can learn to self-medicate instead of using prescriptions all the time. In short, yes, it is okay to self-medicate.
Posted by Juliemonkey on 10-19-2017
Self-medication is seen by many people as a quick fix to that pain or any other symptom that is bothering them. It can be a headache, muscular, abdominal, and several other disorders such as allergies, anxiety, fatigue, among others. As they are accustomed to always taking the same remedy, then, when they see the unwanted symptom, they go to the pharmacy and buy the drugs without a recent prescription.

When we make frequent use of the same drug, the organism can create resistance or dependence of that certain medicine. In addition, we do not always know the cause of the symptom. "Sometimes an ordinary pain can be something more serious and need a specific treatment. That's why it's important to consult a doctor before buying any medicine, "he says. Of course we should, if we know how to take some symptomatic medications in a sudden situation. For example, if we have a feverish peak or an isolated headache, we should take the analgesic / antipyretic we are accustomed to use in these cases and observe the evolution of the condition. If the symptoms persist, then we should seek care and proper medical evaluation.
Posted by hermessantos on 02-02-2018
No, it's not. What if because of your self-medicating, it will be worse? What if it's only a minor problem but you made it major because you are trying to be a doctor of yourself? And also, don't take medications without a prescription of doctors. However, it is okay if it's only a minor headache, cough, you can take some medications for that. But if it lasts for a week, you should go to the doctor immediately.
Posted by vivalavanda on 11-18-2018