Over 80 percent of people use OTCs as a first response to an ailment.
We’ve had patients tell us they take 400 to 500 tablets day … They put it in a blender and make a smoothie and drink it over one or two hours.
"The current system isn't working well for the public or for us," Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's center for drug evaluation, said in an interview. "We would like monograph drugs to have the same safety framework as prescription drugs."
In Washington state, substance abuse isn’t always about illicit street drugs.
In fact, after marijuana, legal medications are the most commonly-abused drugs, not just in Washington state, but in America. Taken properly, the medicines we buy over-the-counter are essential to our everyday help.
'Evidence-based hearsay’ and personal anecdotes overshadow clinical trial results.
If you’re like many of us, however, you’re just seeking relief from an occasional ouch, throb or twinge. Can these be prevented or handled without drugs? We all need to learn to manage more of these issues in other ways — for our own benefit...
Here are the major categories of nonprescription pain relievers and some of what you should know about them...
Popular non-prescription and prescription medications, including the active ingredient in Benadryl, have been linked to increased risk of developing dementia by a study published in a top-tier medical journal.
There are two sides to this situation. One the one hand, some feel that our society is over-regulated and that we should have a greater say in what we decide to put into our bodies and how we should take care of ourselves. Yet, if DDIs are so prevalent in treating diseases like cancer, where intense scrutiny of a patient’s treatment is the norm, what will happen when even more medications are available OTC?
Doctors and patients are grappling with the unsettling finding that chronic use of popular heartburn medicines may be riskier than was thought.
There are now hundreds of flashy "cold and flu" products, but still only a handful of simple, cheap ingredients. Here's one new way to cut through the noise.
Potentially serious side effects for popular medications are more common than you may think.
Even if O.T.C.s are used correctly, there can be problems. Some drugs should not be taken by people with certain health conditions, or be combined with other drugs — prescribed or over the counter — because of the possibility of adverse interactions.
Is your medicine cabinet a source for a teen’s legal “high?” Because a doctor’s prescription is not needed, many mistakenly believe that over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are safer than prescription medicines and illegal street drugs. They are in fact safe and effective when taken as directed, but even OTC medicines—including herbals—can cause serious and potentially fatal side effects when abused.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 136-year-old national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements.
KnowYourOTCs.org is a consumer resource provided by the CHPA Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible use of consumer healthcare products.
Drugs that are safe and effective for use by the general public without a prescription are defined as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. These drugs are often located on shelves in pharmacies with easy access by patients, but may also be located in non-pharmacy outlets, such as grocery stores, convenience marts and large discount retailers.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are drugs you can buy without a prescription.