- the use of medicine without medical supervision to treat one's own ailment.
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Examples from the Web for self-medication
Both gratify the innate love for self-medication by a resort to cathartics for the slightest ailment.
The American people were slaves to self-medication, and the patent-medicine makers had it all their own way.The Americanization of Edward Bok
Edward William Bok
And you will find it cheaper in the end than self-medication with worthless "patent" nostrums.The Great American Fraud
Samuel Hopkins Adams
In this day of self-medication this condition is all the greater menace to the diabetic.
Here then, we have sold for self-medication an extremely poisonous drug, with no warning of the risk the public runs in using it.
- Medication of oneself without professional supervision so as to alleviate an illness or a condition.
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