Definition of self-medicate in English:



  • 1Choose and take medicines oneself, rather than by prescription or on expert advice.

    • ‘Many of the poor either self-medicate or get whatever remedies they can from local pharmacists who are the only health care providers in some rural areas.’
    • ‘Older and responsible students should be allowed to self-medicate at school with OTC products and certain prescription medications.’
    • ‘We may think that we are self-medicating, but we are merely self-indulging.’
    • ‘These studies are important because patients who self-medicate with herbs need to be sure that they are getting what advertisers claim on the label.’
    • ‘I hate doctors, so I self-medicated, went back to work the next day, and limped around for the next 6 weeks or so while my foot slowly changed colour.’
    • ‘Whilst it is great that you can just wander into a pharmacy and buy all the cheap drugs you want and self-medicate with whatever you think you need, there can be a downside to all this.’
    • ‘Physicians should remain alert to signs of secondary headache in patients who are self-medicating frequently.’
    • ‘At first he thought he was suffering from arthritis and had been self-medicating.’
    • ‘Instead, we often seek pick-me-up foods or beverages to self-medicate.’
    • ‘Ninety percent of the subjects self-medicated, usually for pain or colds.’
    • ‘Americans spend an estimated $4 billion a year to self-medicate with herbal supplements, which are not regulated by the FDA.’
    • ‘His condition remains stable and his symptoms are well controlled by anti-psychotic medication with which he self-medicates as prescribed.’
    • ‘If we're self-medicating, who decided to medicalise these emotions in the first place?’
    • ‘Only 6 subjects sought professional help for their perceived sleep disorder and only 4 subjects elected to self-medicate.’
    • ‘Injured dancers who self-medicate on a regular basis with aspirin or Advil can develop problems such as ulcers or kidney damage.’
    1. 1.1 Take 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’
      • ‘As a result, adolescence has became a painful experience and teenagers are self-medicating with drugs and drink to cope with the stress.’
      • ‘They may be self-medicating and abusing substances.’
      • ‘How many of them self-medicate with alcohol or drugs?’
      • ‘The panel also expressed concern that many insomnia sufferers self-medicate with alcohol, despite the numerous risks involved and the clear evidence that alcohol actually has a negative overall effect on the quality of sleep.’
      • ‘That raises the possibility that substance use is an attempt to self-medicate.’
      • ‘You can't be smoking, drinking, and self-medicating every day!’
      • ‘Underlying depression and anxiety have also been linked to addictions, as people try to self-medicate to feel better.’
      • ‘He went through severe bouts of depression, for which he attempted to self-medicate with alcohol and numerous illicit substances when he was on the street.’
      • ‘However, it is also possible that these persons are feeling sad or angry and are getting ready to use drugs to self-medicate.’
      • ‘When experiencing these symptoms, the individual may choose to wait for the symptoms to pass or to self-medicate through the use of illicit substances.’
      • ‘When people are under pressure they are taught by the army to self-medicate, and that used to come in the form of alcohol.’
      • ‘Some patients with panic disorder, particularly men, tend to self-medicate with alcohol, which interferes with therapy.’
      • ‘Although patients with panic disorder may self-medicate with alcohol, the lifetime prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse is not significantly different in this group than in the general population.’
      • ‘Other studies have shown that abused women self-medicate with alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription medication to alleviate the pain and anxiety of living under the constant threat of violence.’
      • ‘The findings suggest that when people with schizophrenia smoke, they may in part be self-medicating with nicotine to remedy cognitive deficits.’
      • ‘A popular explanation for these findings is that adolescents who are depressed begin consuming alcohol as a way to self-medicate.’
      • ‘On the flip side, many people self-medicate to try to ease the pain in their lives.’
      • ‘If smokers are self-medicating with nicotine, what does this tell us about the brain?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had just lost my brother and dealt with it the only way I knew how, by self-medicating.’