If your medicine cabinet is like most peoples, there are several OTC drugs (over-the-counter) in there. Over-the-counter medicines are drugs that you buy at Aubrey Pharmacy without a prescription, so basically the medications that you see on the store shelves. These drugs are meant to provide safe and immediate relief, but they can also be dangerous if they are misused and/or combined with other medications. For example, even aspirin can have an adverse effect or cause you harm, if you do not follow the recommended directions, dosage and warnings.
Treating Short-Term Symptoms
It is extremely important to understand that OTC drugs are intended to treat short-term symptoms and illnesses. Ingesting over-the-counter drugs for a long period of time can lead to several adverse effects as well as lead to a worsening of the disease, illness or symptoms that should be treated by your medical professional.
Read the Labels
One of the most common problems with OTC drugs is that many people avoid reading the label, especially on “common” over-the-counter drugs, such as Tylenol, Motrin or Aspirin. For example, too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause irreversible liver damage, so if you are taking a prescription medication, such as hydrocodone, it may already contain acetaminophen. But if you are unaware of the prescription medication contains acetaminophen and you consume over-the-counter acetaminophen as well, it is easy to accidentally take too much.
A common, but serious risk with OTC drugs is that many people often ignore the “maximum recommended” daily dosage. It is easy to assume that simply because a drug is sold over-the-counter that it must be safe or that it has less strength than prescription medications. But, this is simply not the case. Medications that are sold OTC clearly list the recommended dosage as a precaution for the risks that can/will occur if too much of the medication is consumed. For example, if the Motrin label states the dosage may be one or two pills every 4-6 hours, but not too exceed four pills in a 24-hour period, this does not mean it is safe to consume all four pills at once.
If you aren’t sure what OTC drugs are safe to use with your prescription or other over-the-counter medications or if you have concerns about the dosage, talk with your pharmacists at Aubrey Pharmacy. It is extremely important to understand what you are putting into your body. Many over-the-counter medications can lead to harm, so it is much safer to ask the pharmacist beforehand than to assume that all over-the-counter medications are safe for anyone to use.
Aubrey Pharmacy is proud to be a health care partner to our friends in Aubrey, Pilot Point, Little Elm, Savannah, Paloma Creek, Providence and the 380 corridor. Please ask us about our Med SYNC program. Also, remember we do mail service and home deliveries. We are always ready to help our friends and customers with their health care needs.