These are the risks of taking medicines without a prescription


Consuming medications without medical prescription can aggravate the disease or cause harmful side effects.

Antibiotics should never be consumed on their own. It is the doctor’s job to determine the type of medication, the exact dose and the time of treatment.

Inappropriate use of antibiotics can cause antimicrobial resistance. That is, the microorganisms that cause the diseases are strengthened and, therefore, the drugs lose effectiveness.

There are people who are allergic to certain drugs. The most common is the allergy to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Aines) such as, for example, aspirin.

The unsupervised consumption of analgesics and anxiolytics can cause addiction.

Many medications that do not require a prescription hope for sale can, however, cause complications in certain patients. The same situation can occur with alternative or naturopathic medicines.

Vitamin supplements should only be consumed if determined by a doctor.

People with chronic diseases should, with more reason, be very cautious when it comes to consuming drugs that have not been recommended by their specialists.

The most common reactions in case of self-medication:

• Allergic crisis • Arrhythmias, palpitations and other cardiac complications • Gastrointestinal lesions • Kidney damage • Liver damage

Recommendations to treat a disease:

  • If you have any discomfort, see a doctor.
  • Do not look for diagnoses or treatments on the Internet.
  • The pharmacist or staff serving in a pharmacy is able to provide information about medications, but should not offer diagnoses about diseases.
  • Do not consume medicines recommended by other people, even if they have been very effective in these.
  • Follow the pharmacological treatment assigned by the doctor to the letter.