Be careful with over the counter medications

Self-treatment should be limited only to the elimination of trivial, current ailments. For example, some over-the-counter medications help; instead, they can be very harmful. And others, which you swallow hoping to help, don’t help. A classic example of a placebo is vitamin C.

In many homes, medications, including antibiotics, are left unused after treatment. We know theoretically that you cannot ordain them yourself, but the practice is often quite different. Whenever in my friend’s family, and otherwise sensible and educated person, someone falls ill, even seriously. She reaches into the drawer where her medications are hidden and chooses something suitable (often antibiotics). Even his minor children are treated like this.

She believes in her so-called life experience, reading leaflets (which luckily, he does not throw away) and checking their expiry date. Is she has not poisoned anyone yet sufficient proof that her method is excellent and effective?

On the other hand, even when he falls on his nose, another overworked colleague does not go to the doctor but only to the pharmacy. He always comes out with the bag stuffed to the brim. He’s recovering somehow, but my observations show that it takes longer and longer, and he started to complain of stomach pains.

Limited range of over-the-counter drugs

A drug bought without a prescription and without consulting a doctor is always a temporary substitute measure. It is to make your life easier so that you do not have to go to the clinic. But its scope of use is limited. Most often, it improves well-being, acts symptomatically, eliminates pain, runny nose, and hoarseness. Remember that nothing special treats you, and if it doesn’t help within a few days – you need to see a doctor. If the drug is approved for sale-by hand (OTC), it meets minimum safety requirements and can be used alone without any particular dangers. But, of course, you must remember that it is not 100% safe because there are no such drugs.

Dangerous combinations of over-the-counter medications

There are several drugs out there that are generally safe but harm some people. For example, people with peptic ulcers should not take acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin, polo pyrin) medications. Although approved over the counter, they can cause bleeding in ulcers. Cardiovascular diseases are an essential contraindication to ingestion of popular cold medications – they may cause cardiac arrhythmias and a whole host of other severe disorders. Therefore, if you suffer from something chronically, you should not take anything without carefully asking your doctor if you are allowed to.

Don’t be superstitious.

» There is no scientifically sound evidence that drugs designed to boost immunity do this. There is no evidence at all that they help for anything. They are only beneficial if there is a known immune system impairment, but such cases are sporadic. In many countries, they do not exist at all, and it is believed that their use is a hazardous matter (they can cause allergies).

 Similarly, the commonly used vitamin C. colds Vitamin C does not matter for the treatment of viral and bacterial infections. It has been shown quite unequivocally in many scientific studies. The advice to take it with the first symptoms of a cold is superstition.

»Any autovaccines (prepared from the patient’s bacteria) are also dangerous. Therefore, in Europe and many other countries, they are not allowed to be performed at all. After all, it is a drug whose production requires highly sterile conditions. And they are often made in primitive laboratories over which there is no control.

Important – Don’t lose your head!

  • use recognized traditional home remedies
  • do not experiment with drugs that you do not know
  • Read the leaflets that come with-the medications carefully and follow the instructions given there.
  • Take the drug according to the instructions, do not change the doses yourself. Carefully follow the length of time you can swallow the medication without consulting your doctor.
  • do not take expired medications
  • to approach the methods of alternative medicine carefully
  • Remember that self-imposed medicines may affect your doctor’s prescribed effects and are being handled by you.
  • do not take prescription drugs prescribed to someone else
  • do not make up your mind about taking antibiotics
  • to be careful about measures that increase the body’s resistance and stimulate the immune system