7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Self-Medicate
Self-medication is defined as the selection and use of drugs by individuals (or a member of the individuals’ family) to treat self-recognized or self-diagnosed conditions or symptoms.
Self-medication can lead you to the trap of incorrect choice of therapy.
Self-medication can lead to incorrect dosage cum incorrect manner of administration.
Self-medication can lead you to the trap of addiction.
Self-medication can lead to drug resistance. Help us save the future!
Self-medication can have very serious consequences. Take caution!
Medicated Ointments you can use for ACNE (aka PIMPLES).
Benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the number of acne-causing bacteria, it dries and peel the skin.
Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin to renew itself.
Clindamycin is an antibiotic gel, also comes as lotions (remember to shake lotions well before use).
Sulfur and salicylic acid can be formulated as ointments, lotions, creams etc and are used to treat several skin disorders.
NB: It may take several weeks before you see results; ensure to use strictly as directed; rub in gently on the skin, do not apply too much. You can apply your makeup after the skin has dried (if need be).
Always consult your Pharmacist On Duty for guidance.
5 Common Addictive Drugs You should be wary of:
Codeine is included in many pain relieve formulations (opioid analgesic) and some cough syrups (suppresses cough).
Caffeine a.k.a “alert pill” is also included in many drug formulations especially pain relievers and cold medicines.
Tramadol is a centrally acting pain reliever belonging to the opioid group used in moderate to severe pain.
Diazepam (valium) is most popularly called sleeping pill. Other drugs in its class: bromazepam (lexotan), nitrazepam (mogadon) etc.
Phenobarbitone is used to treat certain types of epilepsy, convulsion in children, also used as sleeping pill.
If you are prescribed medications containing these agents, do well to take STRICTLY as directed.
Don’t go looking for more without consulting your Pharmacist On Duty for proper guidance.
SAY NO TO DRUG ABUSE!
Ibuprofen helps to relieve pains and inflammation. Kindly ensure you take after food.
Overdose/overuse of ibuprofen can cause very unpleasant effects, adhere strictly to the recommended dose/duration.
It should be avoided or used with caution in patients with history of/active ulcer (risk of stomach irritation).
Exposure to Ibuprofen in the last 3months of pregnancy may be harmful to your baby.
Ibuprofen may not be right for you if you ‘ve heart, liver or kidney disease or asthma.
Consult your Pharmacist On Duty proper guidance.
How safe is Vitamin A intake during Pregnancy?
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for normal cellular function, including reproduction and development and contained in most supplements. It is derived either from carotene (most popular: Beta-carotene) or retinol. Vitamin A in pregnancy supplements are usually in low doses and derived from beta-carotene which is not known to be harmful (ensure to check when you buy one).
Higher dosages of vitamin A as retinol/retinyl esters are not recommended, as this may cause birth defects in your baby. Many other over-the-counter multivitamins may contain vitamin A at high doses (retinol/carotene). Exposure to them in pregnancy may pose serious risk.
If you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy, you may want to avoid taking high-dose multivitamin supplements, fish liver oil supplements, or any supplements containing high doses of vitamin A (retinol).
Do not take alcohol while on this drug and for at least 72hours after you stop taking it.
Metronidazole tablets can be taken with food, the suspension however is best taken on empty stomach. Metronidazole can react with alcohol causing you to feel very unwell.
Note that metronidazole is an antibiotic, as such it’s important you take the full course to ensure the infection is completely cleared.
Always share your concerns to the nearest Pharmacist On Duty.
Ampiclox is an antibiotic which is a combination of Ampicillin and Cloxacillin. The two agents in Ampiclox work synergistically to treat bacterial infections.
Ampiclox is usually taken every 6hours; take round the clock as directed to prevent treatment failure. Avoid opening the capsule, swallow the capsule as a whole!
Ampiclox can be taken with or without food. Do not use for viral infections like common cold, flu etc.
Avoid Ampiclox if you ‘ve had reactions like rashes and swelling after taking some penicillin antibiotics (e.g ampicillin or amoxicillin).
Talk to your #Pharmacist for more information