EPIC ARTICLE: Polypharmacy And Self-Medication Is Dangerous – Dr Okhifo Emsly

MD abroadDr Okhifo Emsly took to his facebook page to educate the world of the dangers of the PolyPharmacy and SelfMedication, a common practice among Nigerians.

Polypharmacy is the use of four or more medications by a patient, generally adults aged over 65 years. Polypharmacy is most common in the elderly, affecting about 40% of older adults living in their own homes – Wikipedia.

Self Medication is a human behavior in which an individual uses a substance or any exogenous influence to self-administer treatment for physical or psychological ailments.

This is his professional advice:

Another public service announcement peeps. Most of my clinic sessions starts with mothers telling me “My pikin body dey hot and e dey cough since so i come treat am for malaria” When i ask the mother to show me the drugs she has given in the past, she falls out a big bag containing so many drugs and my table looked like a pharmacy store. GOSH!!!

Now hear this, POLYPHARMACY AND SELF MEDICATION IS DANGEROUS! My reaction to this is usually “haba, madam your pikin na warehouse wey… you dey pack all these drugs inside am?”.  In the long run, the money you didn’t want to spend in a hospital will be spent twice over plus u expose the tender organs of your kids to an early shut down. I once saw a woman, an auxiliary nurse who gave Erythromycin,amoxycillin, ampiclox, augmentin, benylin, tetracycline and gentamycin injection to both her kids to treat COUGH!!! Don’t take matters into ur hands. See a doctor if you have pressing issues cuz it may be cheaper on the long run. I don talk my own ooo CUZ AFTER THE REGGAE NA ONLY YOU GO SING THE BLUES

Courtesy your friendly Doctor😉

Hope you spread the news to all and sundry… Self Medication and Polypharmacy is detrimental to us!!!

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