“Self-medication is now a growing trend”

The culprits are many and most of us know them by heart.

So be it Erythromycin, Azithromycin, Amoxicillin or Ciprofloxacin, self-medication with antibiotics is now a growing trend among the general population, warn doctors.

But this time around, the Indian Medical Association is not looking at targeting the general population to curb the ‘menace’.

They are now proposing to aggressively target doctors to ensure that they don’t over-prescribe antibiotics. On Sunday, the Association launched a nation-wide campaign which will include workshops, talks and a pledge ‘on rational use of antibiotics’ being put up on the Association’s website that can be downloaded by doctors.

IMA office-bearer Dr. Narendra Saini said:

“The programme is aimed specifically at telling the doctors to not over-prescribe antibiotics, to ensure that patients aren’t encouraged to self-medicate and that patients are told about the dangers of popping antibiotics indiscriminately.”

“Despite governmental checks and prohibition of over-the-counter sale of antibiotics several chemists continue to sell them. In fact we have patients coming to doctors and asking them for specific antibiotics to be prescribed,” added Dr. Saini.

Meanwhile, health experts claim that there continues to be indiscriminate use of antibiotics which is a source of concern especially with larger number of antibiotic-resistant cases being reported.

Antibiotics get prescribed for ordinary fevers, self-limiting diarrhoea and other commonly occurring diseases, said Dr. Bansal from the Delhi Medical Association.

  • More antibiotic-resistant cases being reported

  • ‘Prescribe after knowing actual cause of illness’