Friday 21 July 2017

Forty per cent of us go online to self-diagnose medical complaints

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

FOUR in ten people now admit they use the internet to self-diagnose a medical condition.

The increasing trend was described as worrying by the new head of the country’s medicines’ watchdog Lorraine Nolan today.

The decision to bypass their doctor to find out what is wrong is full of potential risks, said Ms Nolan, chief of the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

The finding emerged in a national survey commissioned by the agency which also showed one ne in four of adults admits  to never reading  product information for an over the counter medicine.

And one in five never read the information leaflet with prescribed medication.

The survey, which involves tracking responses over several shows that  as many as one third (31%) of Irish adults take medication on a long-term basis.

More Irish women (33%) state they are on long term treatments compared to men (29%).

Those on long treatments are typically taking at least two medicines while some 16% admit to never reading the product information that comes with their prescription medication. 

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