Monitoring self-medication

Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2003 Jan;2(1):1-5. doi: 10.1517/14740338.2.1.1.


Self-medication, using non-prescription drugs, is beneficial to patients, healthcare professionals, the pharmaceutical industry and governments. Although many non-prescription medications are effective, misuse and abuse of these products can arise. Monitoring of specific populations and products, in addition to data recording and educating and informing patients, may go some way towards promoting safe and effective self-medication.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Drug Monitoring*
  • Humans
  • Nonprescription Drugs*
  • Self Medication / adverse effects
  • Self Medication / trends*


  • Nonprescription Drugs