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When to use medicines
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Only use a medicine when you know what is causing a problem and you are sure the medicine will help that problem. Decide the cause and find the best treatment for a problem .
Before giving a medicine to a woman, ask yourself these questions:
- Will she get better without this medicine?
- Is there a home remedy or traditional medicine that will work as well or better?
- Are the benefits of using this medicine greater than the cost and the risks?