Inappropriate use of antibiotics such as
popping pills for mild ailments like common cold is the biggest cause of drug
resistance in humans. But there are other factors contributing to this crisis.
These include rampant use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry animals, and
improper disposal of residual antibiotics that eventually enter the food chain.
There are as
many bacteria in our body as the number of cells. They perform a host of
functions to keep the body alive, for example processing the food we eat and
modulating the immune system. The antibiotic resistant bacteria aren’t healthy
so they cannot perform these functions well. Also, if the bacteria become resistant
to commonly available antibiotics, it may get difficult to treat diseases
caused by infections involving them.
As the knowledge available on common platform
such as various websites of medicines commonly use in pain, fever, headache. The
use of non-prescription medications has increased. Because of this, pharmacists
will become even more essential to educating patients about appropriate use.
There are more than thousands non-prescription products in the market from
which to choose. This does not count the numerous dietary supplements,
vitamins, and non–FDA-approved products sold in pharmacies. These drugs may cause serious liver
diseases. However, 20 percent adult who self-medicates
admits to taking more than the recommended dose or using the medication more
frequently than the label indicates. Very few of these adults consult a doctor
or a pharmacist about the appropriate use of a non-prescription medication.
Non-prescription medications can be harmful if
taken more than the recommended dose.