Self-medication is defined as the use and selection of medicines by individuals to treat self-diagnosed or self-recognized symptoms or conditions. Several benefits have been linked to self-medication: the active role of the patient in his or her health care increased access to medication and relief for the patient, reduced burden of governments due to health expenditure associated to the treatment of minor health conditions and better use of physicians and pharmacists skills. However, the case of non-responsible self-medication, in particular, self-medication is far from being a completely safe practice. Potential risks of self-medication practices include incorrect self-diagnosis, delays in seeking medical advice when needed, infrequent but severe adverse reactions, dangerous drug interactions, improper manner of administration, wrong dosage, masking of severe disease, false choice of therapy and risk of dependence and abuse. Self-medication is not recommended at all since it can cause various side effects and harm the body. Today we will learn about some such side effects.
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