Abuja, Jan. 9, 2018 (TNE) The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) on Tuesday warned against self-medication, particularly the misuse of Ibuprofen which can expose one to stomach ulcer.
Mr Jelili Kilani, PSN Chairman in Abuja, gave the indication in Abuja.
Kilani, who is also the Assistant Director, Drug Information Services at the National Hospital, Abuja, identified Ibuprofen as a pain reliever.
According to the pharmacist, the drug is supposed to be used based on prescription by a medical expert.
He condemned the rate at which people abuse the medicine, saying that such uncontrolled usage can bring about body pains and other negative reactions.
The association chief said the consistent use of Ibuprofen can damage the internal body system.
“Ibuprofen is used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain, inflammation and fever caused by many and diverse diseases, and also for treating menstrual cramps.”
The chairman said that in spite of the positive effect of the drug, with regard to fast relief of pains, if not used according to prescription, “it can do more harm than good to our health.
“Ibuprofen should not be taken indiscriminately because it affects the gastro intestinal system and the stomach lining, leading to stomach ulcer.
“Most times, body pains is a manifestation of illness within, and consistent taking of the medicine without medical diagnosis, you arecompounding your health challenge.
“Such practice will increase cost of treatment of infirmity, and can be suicidal when detected later.
“We should desist from self-medication and seek medical advice for proper and timely intervention.
“Medicine should be used based on doctor’s prescription, to avoid collateral damage to your body system,” Kilani said.
Kilani, however, urged the general public to desist from self-medication and consult medical doctors, when faced with any health challenge, for proper diagnosis and medication.