Are you self-medicating frequently? Know the real dangers

When it comes to treating self and family, we often tend to become natural doctors. We also sometimes happen to cure ourselves with novice home remedies and medicines. But did you know, over the time, this practice of self-treatment becomes a dangerous habit making you susceptible to long-term complications.

Friends and family members unintentionally suggest & aggravate medical conditions, many a times, by predicting diseases and recommending medicines according to their experience. 

Similarly, mothers, specially known for overtly caring their children, often try all the remedial measures at home before reaching out to pediatricians (child specialist). But, do you know, sometimes you and your child may suffer a long-term condition and guilt because of this negligent and casual approach? Read on to find out how.

Dangers of self-medication

Self-medication, nowadays, has become a growing global concern because most of the people are less aware of its harmful consequences and often misuse wide array of medication, ranging from easily available OTC (over the counter) drugs to serious prescription drugs such as antibiotics and painkillers. 

According to medicinal statistical data of prescribed (Rx) and non-prescribed (Non-Rx) category of medicines, analgesics (pain killers), antibiotics, antiemetics (anti-vomiting drugs), antiallergics, antacids (neutralize gastric acid), oral contraceptives, balms, and cough syrups are the most frequently abused drugs which lead to unpleasant health conditions in the long run. List of such medicines and their long-term effects on frequent abuse are depicted below.


Drug abuse repercussion & medical conditions 

amoxicillin, doxycycline, clindamycin, metronidazole, ciprofloxacin, azithromycin, levofloxacin

Tooth discoloration, IBS, antibiotic resistance,

irregular heartbeat, tendon rupture, seizures,

photosensitivity, kidney failure, fungal infections,

bone staining.


Drug abuse repercussion & medical conditions 

Aspirin, ibuprofen, ketorolac, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine

Gastrointestinal ulceration, heart disease, irritation of the lining of the stomach, liver failure, bleeding in the brain, addiction, dependence, renal failure, stroke


Drug abuse repercussion & medical conditions 

Ondansetron, dolasetron, domperidone, metoclopramide, diphenhydramine, meclizine, dexamethasone, promethazine

Heartburn, acne, urinary retention, gastrointestinal disturbances, addiction

Antacids / acid reducers

Drug abuse repercussion & medical conditions 

Aluminium/hydroxide, calcium carbonate, simethicone, ranitidine, nizatidine, famotidine, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole

Diarrhoea, risk of fracture, pneumonia, reduces body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium, chronic liver disease.

Oral contraceptives

Drug abuse repercussion & medical conditions 

Ethinyl estradiol, norethindrone, levonorgestrel, drospirenone, desogestral

Irregular menstruation, blood clots in legs/lungs, stroke, disrupts reproductive function, breakthrough vaginal bleeding and in rare cases infertility.


Drug abuse repercussion & medical conditions 

Diphenhydramine, loratadine, cetirizine, brompheniramine, chlorpheniramine, fexofenadine

Haemorrhagic stroke, dry mouth, palpitations, insomnia, increased risk of dementia, liver dysfunction

Cough medications

Drug abuse repercussion & medical conditions 

Dextromethorphan, guaifenesin

Brain damage, seizure, hallucinations, high blood pressure, liver damage and addiction

Combination of drugs – risks involved :
Taking two or more medicines at a time without doctor consultation might land you up in much trouble. The combinational reactions of drugs may result in severe adverse effects. For example, taking Viagra with heart medications can cause hypotension (drop in blood pressure), antacids along with anti-diabetics will make your symptoms worse, and the deadliest of all, consuming alcohol after intake of aspirin increases the risk of bleeding in the stomach.

Without proper consultation of doctor and taking medicines on your own can lead to potential risks which include incorrect diagnosis, masking of underlying condition, inappropriate manner of drug administration, drug resistance, incorrect dosage and drug addiction. If situation gets worse, landing up in hospital and seeking treatment remains the only option to consider.

Life is precious and a few wrong decisions on medication may end up with life-long repentance. Hence, it is always advisable to seek expert medical opinion that avoids health risks and bring better outcomes. 

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An Ideal Approach 

In this modern era, taking an expert medical advice/opinion is much better than taking a chance, when it comes to your near and dear ones. 

Keeping the busy schedules, travel and financial constraints in mind, one can take doctor’s opinion from the comfort of home, office or any place. A telephonic chat/email or video call can be done with a qualified medical professional instantly from anywhere via mobile/laptop with internet connectivity. Know about the benefits of online consultation and try it out once!

Not only this, medical professionals could be from your preferred medicinal faith such as Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Naturopathy and, of course, Allopathy. There could be a lot of doubts about your health which you might not be comfortable asking your family doctor. In those instances, special guidance from our panel of doctors could really help you get the right advice without compromising with privacy and confidentiality. 

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Additionally, you can order medicines online just after the consultation and get it delivered at your doorstep in just a short span of time. This home delivery of medicines is particularly beneficial for people living with lifelong conditions such as diabetes, thyroid, arthritis, tuberculosis, and cancer. If you are taking medicines for a very long time, it is always better to once check with a doctor, if you should be continuing with the same ones or not.  

Hence next time, if you are sick, don’t self-medicate, rather pick up the phone and connect with us for consultation to validity of prescription, delivery of medicines and if needed, blood tests and more, all under one umbrella.  

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