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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.

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