Do You Self-medicate? Be Careful With These Drugs

Nothing is poison, everything is poison: the difference is in the dose.Paracelsus

The common world population does not like to go to the doctor, however all say yes to any medical advice that comes from family, friends or strangers that seems more or less reliable, regardless of the risks that this entails. In fact, according to statistics published in 2014, 17 percent of hospital admissions were for adverse drug reactions.

Among everyone’s favorites are painkillers first, flu second, followed by antibiotics, and in descending order anti-inflammatory, antidiarrheal, digestive and antacid. All of them obtained without medical supervision and many times without even noticing the expiration dates, and in the small great detail that only a doctor knows the difference, nothing is poison, everything is poison: the difference is in the dose.

And it is that with self-medication we cause, among other things, that the drugs stop being effective, mask diseases, create drug-dependence, and of course cause adverse reactions, which although it is always a risk, the truth is that when we do not have the knowledge We cannot know if it is contraindicated or not compatible with another drug that we are taking.

Everyone’s favorite drugs, watch out!


It is contraindicated if you have a gastrointestinal ulcer or gastrointestinal bleeding, hives or acute rhinitis. Croha’s disease, ulcerative colitis, kidney dysfunction, liver disease, patients with coagulation disorders or anticoagulant treatments, and also for those who have been diagnosed with a history of bronchial asthma.


Do not take it if you suffer from alcoholism or liver disease, as this type of disease predisposes the patient to new liver damage. Only in the case of patients with stable liver disease is its use allowed, but in minimal doses and for a period of no more than 5 days.


It can be dangerous for those suffering from active peptic ulcer, patients who have presented hypersensitivity (asthma, rhinitis or urticaria) with Ibuprofen, acetylsalicylic acid or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. And they should be administered with caution in those with a history of bronchial asthma.


Aspirin, the essential in any medicine cabinet that is respected, has been associated with Reyes Syndrome in children with chickenpox or flu. In fact, in not a few countries the authorities warn of the possible risk for children suffering from viral infections. Acetylsalicylic acid induces gastric or intestinal ulcerations that can be accompanied by anemia.


Prednisone in particular can mask the symptoms of an infection, and should not be used in cases of viral or bacterial infections that are not adequately controlled. Secondary infections are common during corticosteroid treatments.


This drug has been associated with diseases such as Hepatitis and also, although rarely, with liver failure. You should also know that if there is a possibility that you have a gastric ulcer it is better not to take it because Omeprazole can alleviate symptoms (not cure the disease) and therefore delay the diagnosis.


Salbutamol for inhalation is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to the drug or any of its components. This medicine can cause paradoxical bronchospasm, which can be fatal. If bronchospasm occurs please discontinue use immediately and opt for an alternative treatment.


If you are allergic to aspirin, I recommend that you be careful with Naproxen. Regular use of this drug can lead to gastritis, gastric ulcer. In addition, it is not recommended if you suffer from gastrointestinal diseases such as colitis or gastrointestinal bleeding.

As a general rule, we do not take the time to read the contraindications of the drugs we consume, which is the second big mistake we make, the first is to self-medicate, and alone we risk our health through carelessness. Before playing doctor remember that he who does not have time to take care of his health, one day will have to have time, money and patience to take care of his illness.

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