If you woke up with sore muscles, a headache, or cramps this morning, you may have taken an over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine before heading out the door. OTC pain relievers are among the most common medicines teenagers use. They come in a dizzying array of packages, and just as many different uses, doses, and active ingredients. Some of the most popular brands of OTC pain medicines are Tylenol, Advil, Excedrin, Motrin, NyQuil, Midol, and TheraFlu.
Over the counter medicines are readily available in grocery stores, convenience stores, and even vending machines. While over-the-counter medications do not require a doctor’s prescription, they do require our respect. One of the biggest problems with over-the counter drug use is that we forget that, over the counter medicines can also be dangerous when not used as directed by the label.
OTC pain medicines are safe and effective for treating minor pains and reducing fever, when used as directed by the label. Taking more than directed by the label can cause serious health problems. Becoming aware of some of the issues surrounding the dangers of OTC pain medicines is important to both your health and safety.