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Self medication refers to the use of medicines by an individual to treat symptoms and conditions without doctor consultation. Although self medication can offer several benefits such as reduced costs associated with doctor consultation and faster relief of symptoms, it is not a safe practice and can cause more harm than good to one’s health.

Some medicines can be bought over the counter but some need a prescription from a doctor.

Taking over-the-counter or prescription medications without talking to a doctor first may seem to save you time and money, but it is much more costly to your health in the end. The effects of self-medication can be harmful and potentially life-threatening.

Taking medications without proper medical consultation can also lead to drug interactions. Some drugs react negatively when taken together with certain medicines.


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