Medicines are prescribed by doctors to individuals with kind of health issues to cure their health conditions. Generally, these medicines are known as prescribed medicines as these medicines are mentioned by doctors on the prescriptions.
However, people, these days are more habituated to self-diagnosis. In a time today, all information is available on the internet, thus people often self-diagnose their condition and start consuming several prescription medicines such as statins or steroids, without consulting a doctor. And this is exactly the point from where the problem starts.
Not Every Medicine Is Suitable For Every Person!
Thus, it is advised to every individual, if you find any health issue or complication, to consult a doctor. He does not only examine the condition rightly but also prescribes the right medicine with the right dosage. Just remember Medicines should always be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
This article let us know about some medicine classes or groups that are strictly advised not to consume without doctors' consultation or prescription!
Medicines That Should Not Be Consumed Without Prescription!
While over-the-counter painkillers (such as paracetamol) are considered safe for use, several prescription analgesics may cause more harm than good if consumed carelessly.
Prescription painkillers such as opioids (tramadol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen and aspirin) are usually prescribed to people suffering from chronic pain. However, abuse of these painkillers can result in serious side effects such as indigestion, stomach ulcers, bleeding, rashes, bruising, liver damage, heart attack, and even stroke.
Antibiotics help in treating various bacterial infections such as strep throat, urinary tract infection, pneumonia, tuberculosis (TB), meningitis, and several others. However, inappropriate, excessive usage, and incomplete course of antibiotics, can lead to microbial resistance.
This reduces the efficacy of the antibiotic in treating that specific bacterial infection. For instance, due to the resistance developed in the body against amoxicillin (one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics), it is now given in combination with clavulanic acid.
Statins are prescribed to people with high cholesterol levels in the blood, to lower their cholesterol levels. This is necessary because increased cholesterol level increases their risk for heart diseases.
However, some people use these medicines to lose weight, without consulting a doctor. This can put them at risk of muscle damage and pain, liver damage, and several neurological side effects such as confusion and memory loss.
Anabolic steroids are prescription medications, which are often misused by people to increase muscle mass and enhance athletic stamina.
Little do they know, the injudicious use of anabolic steroids can result in a variety of side effects, ranging from mild effects such as acne and mood swings to life-threatening effects such as heart attack, stroke, liver damage, and severe hormonal imbalance.
Sleeping pills, also known as sedatives or hypnotics, are commonly prescribed to people suffering from sleeping disorders such as insomnia. However, misuse of these sleeping pills can result in dizziness, difficulty in balancing, dry mouth, headache, heartburn, and nausea.
Moreover, consumption of non-prescribed sleeping pills can be life-threatening for people with sleep apnea, as their breathing gets interrupted while sleeping. Even supplements containing melatonin (the sleep hormone) should not be consumed without a prescription.
Well, it is advised to every individual, do not to consume any medicine based on self-diagnosis, also before you stop consuming your prescribed medicine do talk to your doctor! Your complete medical history would help the doctor determine whether the medicine you’re consuming is safe or not!
Stay Informed! Stay Healthy! Stay Happy!
Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. Readers are advised to consult their physician to determine the suitability of the information for the reader’s situation!
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