self-med·​i·​ca·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌme-di-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-medication (audio) \
plural self-medications

Definition of self-medication

: the act or process of medicating oneself especially without the advice of a physician : self-treatment For chronic coughs, self-medication with cough remedies is usually inappropriate, and most doctors discourage their use.Consumer Reports Hazard has a long tradition of self-medicating. Moonshine and marijuana, grown in its fertile soil, have long helped to blot out depression, boredom, even physical pain.— Debra Rosenberg also : a substance used for self-medication Over half (57 per cent) of these medical centre patients reported using one or more over-the-counter medications in the previous month, with analgesics, cold and allergy products, and antacid products being the most common self-medications. — Antonia C. Lyons and Kerry Chamberlain

First Known Use of self-medication

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-medication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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self-med·​i·​ca·​tion | \ -ˌmed-ə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-medication (audio) \

Medical Definition of self-medication

: medication of oneself especially without the advice of a physician : self-treatment self-medication with nonprescription drugs

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