Over-the-counter drugs are an easy way to self-medicate when you need fast relief from some of life’s most common health obstacles.
Research shows that 81 percent of adults use OTC medicines as a first response to minor ailments and seven in ten parents have given their children OTC medicines late at night to help aid sudden medical symptoms according to Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
However taking shortcuts in the OTC aisle can be a health hazard.
The perceived safety net vibe OTC medications emit by being readily accessible to anyone on a store shelf without a prescription is the reason why many people tend to overuse them for a wide range of ailments including cold and flu, pain, fever, heartburn, allergies and insomnia.
With more than 300,000 OTC products on the market, the mistakes that can be made are high and so are the stakes for your health if misuse happens frequently.
Dr. Amy Shah, a double-board certified physician in internal medicine and allergy immunology, says the main problem with OTC medications is that most people do not take the time to thoroughly read the ingredient labels or strictly follow directions. Over-medicating with OTC’s, especially over long periods of time, can be particularly dangerous.
Listen as Dr. Shah joins Dr. Bond to discuss the medication mistakes you don't want to make.