Self-medication is defined as the selection and use of medicines by individuals (or a member of the individuals' family) to treat self-recognized or self-diagnosed common health problems or symptoms. Medicines for self-medication are often called ‘nonprescription’ or ‘over the counter’ (OTC) and are available without a doctor’s prescription through pharmacies. In some countries OTC products are also available in supermarkets and other outlets.
Several benefits have been linked to appropriate self-medication, however, it is important to follow some simple rules for it to be a completely safe practice. The Assosalute Association produced a short informative video to avoid non-responsible self-medication: let's see it with our students!