Common "Self-medication" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


The selection and administration of medications by individuals (or family members) to treat self-recognized or self-diagnosed diseases or symptoms are referred to as self-medication. Sometimes self-medication can result in drug abuse, allergy, habituation, worsening of the condition, incorrect diagnosis, and dose, or even disability and death.

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I am worried about my sister, who took her own medication after self-diagnosing bipolar. Can it lead to drug dependence?

Query: Hi doctor,My sister self-diagnosed herself as bipolar and is now taking the tablet Tegretol. She has been taking it for the past six weeks and is noticing progress. But I am worried that she will continue the medication forever and get into a dependence cycle. In addition, she has been suffering fro...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It is good that you took the initiative on behalf of your sister to seek an opinion on her condition. Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is an antiepileptic agent that can be used to manage bipolar disorders to prevent fu...  Read Full »

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