‘Self-medication should be done responsibly’

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Texila American University (TAU) has called on citizens to take precautions when self-medicating to avoid administering wrong drugs to themselves.

TAU Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Ernest Simpemba says self-medication should be done responsibly with the help of health professionals to avoid potential risks such as incorrect self diagnosis, severe adverse reactions, or dangerous drug interactions.

Speaking in an interview in Lusaka recently, Simpemba also said it was vital to discuss symptoms with pharmacists and medical personnel before taking any medication in order to get necessary advice and alternative remedies that could be helpful.

Simpemba added that that the most widely self-medicated substances are over-the-counter drugs which have the potential to mask an underlying problem, thereby delaying the time of recovery. He said it was therefore important to always seek medical attention whenever one has symptoms that cause discomfort.

Self-medication is a human behavior in which an individual uses a substance to self-administer treatment for physical or psychological ailments. The most widely self-medicated substances are over-the-counter drugs used to treat common health issues at home, as well as dietary supplements.


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