Self-medication is not a panacea: Docs | Hyderabad News

Hyderabad: In the midst of the third wave of the pandemic, many are turning to self-medication again. People show up to the doctor’s office after taking all of the known medications like remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), molnupiravir among others.
On the one hand, this self-medication suppresses the symptoms, on the other hand, it leaves very few options for the doctor to treat the patient, according to health experts.
“A few days ago I ran into a patient who had taken all the antibiotics he knew for fever and sore throat and came to me after five days telling me he didn’t feel not better. As he had taken everything, I told him that I was prescribing paracetamol which is the only medicine he did not take, ”said Dr Rahul Agarwal, senior consultant at Care Hospitals. Dr Agarwal said these patients have been coming to hospitals almost every other day lately.
Few understand that these drugs can be dangerous chemical formulations that have been unnecessarily introduced into their body. The other problem with self-medication is that it often leads to over-medication when there is no indication and in the long run leads to resistance.
The fact that doctors have very few drugs to prescribe to treat the virus makes matters worse. “In the past 50 years, no new class of antibiotics has been introduced. Everything that had been there was only improved. Therefore, with prolonged and incorrect use, the entire population can slowly develop resistance to antibiotics, ”said a doctor.
These self-medications can also be fatal in the elderly, pregnant women and children. “Most patients with Covid-19 only need symptomatic treatment. It’s a mild illness for most of the patients this time around. Don’t self-medicate with doxycycline, ivermectin, azithromycin, steroids, and molnupiravir, ”said Dr. Sivaranjani Santosh, Chief Pediatrician, Magna Center.
The doctor said the monoclonal antibodies (cocktail) might not even work against the Omicron variant. “It is especially important to see or examine the doctor / pediatrician often if symptoms are severe or if you are elderly or have co-morbidities or conditions with low immunity or if you have an infant / toddler at home. house, ”added Dr. Santosh.

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