(1998; 17 pages)
This is the practice whereby individuals treat their ailments and conditions with medicines which are approved and available without prescription, and which are safe and effective when used as directed.
Responsible self-medication requires that:
1. Medicines used are of proven safety, quality and efficacy.
2. Medicines used are those indicated for conditions that are self-recognisable and for some chronic or recurrent conditions (following initial medical diagnosis). In all cases, these medicines should be specifically designed for the purpose, and will require appropriate dose and dosage forms.
Such products should be supported by information, which describes:
• how to take or use the medicines;
• effects and possible side-effects;
• how the effects of the medicine should be monitored;
• possible interactions;
• precautions and warnings;
• duration of use; and,
• when to seek professional advice.