RESEARCH ON SELF MEDICATION: A HYPE OR A HOPE? A LITERATURE REVIEW.
Medications are one of the most important tools in public health practice. Since the 1980s, selfâ€‘medication (SM) is of prime public health importance
as the World Health Organization, to reduce the burden on health-care professionals changed some prescription drugs to be sold over the counter.
Each drug has its own advantages and disadvantages. Hence, always they have to be taken with caution. Considering this, a recent trend has increased
in surveying the prevalence of SM. Hence, this review critically evaluated the studies to put light on the basic concept of SM.
Key words: Self-medication, Drug abuse, Self-care, Substance abuse, Antibiotic usage.
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