Can I take prescription medication without a doctors consent?

William D. King, MD
Internal Medicine
I would not recommend that you take a prescription medication without a doctor's consent. I would be concerned about any adverse events that would occur with the medication including allergic reactions. There could be a drug interaction with the foods or medications that you take already. You may have symptoms or a genetic makeup that will make taking the medication problematic, another term for this is a contraindication. Some of these reactions could be limited and bothersome, some could be deadly. It is more prudent to only take prescribed medication that your provider prescribes for you.

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