The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Has warned Nigerians against self-medications and indiscriminate use of pain killer drugs like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. They stressed particularly on the misuse of ibuprofen saying that it causes stomach ulcers.
Jelili Kilani PSN Chairman FCT Chapter and the Assistant Director, Drug Information Services, National Hospital, Abuja when being interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria made this known.
He condemed the rate at which Nigerians are abusing the medicine; he said that such uncontrolled usage brings negative reactions and body pains and could damage the internal systems of the body, he also stressed the fact the the drug is supposed to be prescribed by a medical expert.
“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.”
“Ibuprofen should not be taking 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 are compounding your health challenge.
“Such practice will increase cost of treatment of infirmity, and could 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,” Mr. Kilani said.
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