Over-the-counter medications or home remedies might sound reliable as they are easy to get.
We tend to self-diagnose our symptoms and decide to take a pill for relief. Sometimes we find
the medications online by ourselves. Sometimes, we seek help from our friends or family
members who have the same symptoms. Other times, we decide to rely on pharmacists for the
medication. Each of these scenarios raises health risks. Ingestion of a wrong medicine or a right
medicine in the wrong dose can cause harmful drug reactions.
It is always advisable to take medicines only after doctor consultation. Sticking to a medication
routine, i.e, consuming medicines as prescribed at the correct dosage- the right way at the right
frequency is called the right medication. Any sort of divergence from this arrangement affects
your health adversely. The medical condition for which you take the medicine can get worse,
your organs can get damaged or even be fatal.
Other than these, wrong medication can also cause skin irritation, constipation, dizziness,
headache, insomnia, and a lot more. The side effects thus vary from minor to severe and
sometimes, it might even become life-threatening. The adverse effects of the wrong medication
arise from non-compliance or non-adherence of medication.
Sometimes wrong medication can happen even without your knowledge. A pharmacy can
provide you with the wrong medicines or alternatives. It is important not to fall for it. You must
have a clear idea of what your medicines look like in shape and colour to avoid pharmacy
mistakes. Avoid taking the alternatives to as the interaction of certain drugs can cause serious
health risks. You might be unaware of the drug reactions that can happen when these OTC
medicines get mixed up with your regular medications. All these harmful side effects of
medications bring us back to the importance of doctor consultation.
To avoid risks caused by wrong medication, you should always keep a track of the medicines
consumed, especially when you start a new medication. The unusual changes should not be
ignored and in such cases, the medicine intake should be stopped immediately. This alleviates
the risk of medications and stops it from getting worse. It is also necessary to take these
medication errors or unusual effects caused by such medications to your doctor without further
ado. Self-medication, over-the-counter medication, consumption of medicines in the wrong
quantity or frequency, home remedies, etc. can pose serious health risks starting from multiple
organ failures to even death. Seeking medical assistance for every medical requirement is the
only solution to avoid such risks.