Who has not ever come to the pharmacy to buy a medication that does not require a prescription?
"Responsible self-medication is the proper use of medications that are authorized to be sold freely without a doctor's prescription.
There is another practice that is incorrect and that is frequently committed: self-prescribing. It consists of the patient going to the pharmacy and asking the employees what to take before certain discomforts, or resorting to the advice of friends and family, "says Laura María García Sánchez, a specialist in pharmaceutical medicine.
For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers responsible self-medication a valid formula for health care in developed societies.
The specialist recommends:
1. Have information about the condition, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will last.
2. Read carefully the information contained in the medicine packages.
3. The most commonly used medications for responsible self-medication are: flu, cough, diarrhea, headache and antiparasitic drugs.
4. Patients with diabetes should ensure that the medications do not contain sugar.
5. In the case of hypertensive patients, the use of anti-flu is not recommended.
"The trend for the next few years is that the patient will have access to more medications. If there is no improvement (3 to 5 days) you should go with a specialist, "advises García Sánchez