Coughs and colds and aches and pains are just part of our everyday life. Because of this most people think that it is not necessary to rush to the doctor every time they experience such. Moreover, they self-medicate to alleviate the discomfort and pain they feel quickly. But is self-medication the right thing do? Here are some risks of self-medication which might help you decide if you really want to go about it.
1. Self medication is associated with risks such as misdiagnosis, use of excessive drug dosage, prolonged duration of use, drug interactions and poly pharmacy.
2. Paracetamol, an antipyretic and analgesic in large doses can cause liver failure. Paracetamol toxicity is, by far, the most common cause of acute liver failure.
3. Over usage of anti-hypertensive drug may cause hypo tension, which may eventually lead to heart failure and also hepatic and renal failure.
4. When you use over the counter, you are basically wasting the time you would have used to consult a medical professional, which could aggravate the disease condition.
5.Over the counter drugs could contain some side-effects and sometimes some adverse effects that could be dangerous to our body and so the importance of seeking and experts opinion cannot be overemphasized.