Recognizing Self-Medication Behaviour as a Potential Threat

Khan NT and Habib H

Published on: 2021-04-21


Self-medication involves, selective medications used by individuals to treat self-diagnosed illness and symptoms. If practiced with the appropriate method, self-medication could have a positive impact on the health care system and on the welfare of the community. It will improve the life-saving capacity of the system, by preventing the unnecessary wait for a clinician and thereby decreasing the health care cost. On the contrary, it can increase the risks if applied inaccurately, such as use of unnecessary medication, incorrect diagnosis, drug-drug interaction, and prolonged consumption