Definition of self-medicate in English:


Syllabification: self-med·i·cate


[no object]
1Choose and take medicines oneself, rather than by prescription or on expert advice.
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  • His condition remains stable and his symptoms are well controlled by anti-psychotic medication with which he self-medicates as prescribed.
  • Older and responsible students should be allowed to self-medicate at school with OTC products and certain prescription medications.
  • Only 6 subjects sought professional help for their perceived sleep disorder and only 4 subjects elected to self-medicate.
1.1Take addictive or habituating drugs to relieve stress or other conditions: whenever he hits a period of depression, he has a tendency to self-medicate with any pill or liquid that’s in the house
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  • As a result, adolescence has became a painful experience and teenagers are self-medicating with drugs and drink to cope with the stress.
  • How many of them self-medicate with alcohol or drugs?
  • This feature alone will be helpful to the many individuals with social phobia who use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate or who experience the paralysis of depression.



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  • Perioperative nurses must be knowledgeable about the risk associated with self-medication with herbal remedies.
  • These findings suggested that substance misuse probably played a significant role in the aetiology and self-medication of anxiety disorders and some cases of depression or psychosis.
  • In conclusion, the hypothesized use of substances of abuse for self-medication of schizophrenic symptoms and medication side effects is not supported by our data.

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