Over the Counter (OTC) Medications
Medicine > Over the Counter (OTC) Medications
Many of us don’t seem to take OTC medications as seriously as we do prescription medications. We should. Taken improperly, OTC medications can jeopardize your health, and in rare instances, cause permanent damage or even death.
Always start with the lowest recommended dosage. Even small overdosing can create complications for your kidney and liver.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist to avoid mixing prescription and OTC medications improperly. Failure to do so can reduce or change the effectiveness of your medication.
Always read the label. OTC medications carry warnings that should not be taken lightly.
Observe expiration dates.
Monitor your intake of alcohol with OTC medications.
Never ingest medication that is not labeled. Be sure you know what it is and where it came from before swallowing.
Store OTC medications properly. If you have difficulties with arthritis, or a similar condition, you may prefer to purchase non-childproof packaging.
Never take more than is recommended for a specified period.
If you are using OTC medications for common conditions such as headaches or arthritis, consider techniques and strategies to reduce your pill intake. For arthritis these can include rubs, creams, heating pads, warm baths and exercise. Headache sufferers can try dietary changes,
OTC medications can be useful in terms of their accessibility and the relief they provide.
When you do not take the medications properly you can negate their intended effects and harm your health in the process. Use OTC medications responsibly for best results.