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2020 Jul/Aug

Am J Ther



Self-Medicating for Pain: A Public Health Perspective.


Rogozea L, Dinu EA, Constantin D, Leaşu F-G
Am J Ther. 2020 Jul/Aug; 27(4):e387-e391.
PMID: 32618602.


Pain is one of the symptoms for which any man is willing not only to go to the doctor but also to resort to any means, including self-medication, to "get rid" of it. Self-medication is not only a current practice but also a public health problem, under the circumstances that it can influence the way in which a disease is diagnosed and/or treated in a timely manner, and, consequently, repercussions may occur on the cost of treatment, in the case of severe forms. Pain is a vital symptom, and the diminution until the disappearance of pain is a fundamental right of each individual; the analysis of ethical issues in the case of self-administration of analgesic medication has not been a major concern.