do you often buy over the counter medicine?
April 4, 2008 10:25am CST
there are lots of medicine in the drug store nowadys that doesn't need doctor's prescription, medicine for fever, cold, flu and external creams are some that can be bought without asking the opinion of the expert. a lot of people are buying these drugs without seeking the advice of the doctor and self-treat themselves. well, with the way price of everything is rocketing high i can't blame people for buying the cheapest medicine that they think can cure their illness without the help of the doctor, although i don't agree with this, a simple fever can be cured with a paracetamol but this simple fever might unknowingly be a symptom of something worse. and since we often self-medicate ourselves we fail to notice the condition affecting our health. over the counter drugs are helpful for simple illness but we still need to consult a doctor and seek for his opinion to declare ourself really safe.
31 Jan 10
I agree whith this somewhat, however; there are many diseases and medical conditions that can easily be treated over the counter without the need to waste your time and resources seeing a physician. Your community pharmacist is the most accessable healthcare professional. We spend years studying diseases and medications and we can assess your situation and decide if you actually do require referral to a physician. Before making an appointment with your doctor, it may be worthwhile stopping by at the pharmacy and consult with one. You have nothing to lose!:)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I'm proud to say that I don't use any medications anymore except a couple of prescriptions that my doctor gave me. I use supplements and vitamins, but only after doing research on them. I think if it's a minor condition, or a condition you know you already have, then it's fine to use over the counter medicines. But, obviously, anything serious or that doesn't go away with OTC medicines needs to have a doctor's attention.