Self-medication is not the solution

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Migraine, heavy head or persistent fatigue… a tablet of aspirin and everything is back to normal? Be careful, self-medication is not the solution. Treating yourself alone can be dangerous for your health.

Self-medication: quesaco?

The definition is rather simple: it is the use of drugs without a prior medical prescription! According to the magazine “60 million consumers”, 8 out of 10 French people practice self-medication occasionally.

For fans of this practice, the main motivations revolve around three “misconceptions”: already know the treatment to take, get treatment without waiting or even avoid “unnecessary” expenses.

The dangers of self-medication

Symptoms that seem quite similar may be related to very different health problems! For example, a medicine taken for a sore throat can contain corrosive substances, with a real danger on the stomach.

Other drugs can even cause cardiovascular accidents or neurological disorders if taken without a medical prescription. Self-medication can slightly reduce pain, thereby delaying the detection and timely treatment of a possible disease.

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The precautions to take

  • Never buy your medicines on the internet, because you could end up with counterfeit medicines!
  • Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Apart from a few reference sites, many blogs disseminate information that is generally not verified by health professionals.
  • In case of pain, consult your doctor for a complete diagnosis. Don’t be put off by the waiting time. Your health is worth it!
  • Do you have a question that you consider “dumb”? Ask the nearest pharmacist, he’s not there to judge you.

Self-medication: frequent cases

What are the cases in which many French people use the drugs without consulting a doctor?

  • Stomach pains
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy legs
  • Migraine
  • Painful periods
  • Cough

And at HEYME, what does mutual insurance give?

At HEYME from €9.90/month we cover your essential needs: hospitalization, routine care, pharmacy. And if you need extended coverage, we offer 4 levels of guarantees to meet your expectations.

Regardless of the level chosen, you have unlimited access to medical teleconsultation 24 hours a day with ABI. You can consult a doctor from your smartphone and directly from your sofa!

We also provide you with an app to view your reimbursements, download your third-party payment card, send us your documents and find a doctor near you!

And the icing on the cake… an app with good deals and discounts on your favorite brands: shopping, cinema, restaurant…

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