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Follow the Simple Instructions – Or Else

Follow the Simple Instructions – Or Else

A few years ago, I started taking more Motrin (ibuprofen) than the label said I should. I’m a pharmacist, I knew what I was doing, right? So wrong. Ibuprofen is a great medicine for headache and pain not relieved by other nonprescription aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) products. I used it…

Should You Treat Your Child’s Cold, Cough or Fever With OTC Meds?

Should You Treat Your Child’s Cold, Cough or Fever With OTC Meds?

I swallowed so many doses of over-the-counter (OTC) cold medication when I was a child. “Cough medicine” was my mother’s go-to remedy for colds. At the first cough or sneeze, she’d pull the bottles from the top kitchen shelf and carefully pour the viscous liquid onto a spoon, which she…

5 Common Meds That Can Harm the Liver

5 Common Meds That Can Harm the Liver

Your liver is one of the body’s most crucial organs. Unfortunately, many drugs can put extra strain on it. Find out which ones do and how to minimize harm. Day in and day out, week after week and year after year, as you eat, drink and take medications or supplements,…

6 Things To Know About Your Over-the-Counter Medications

6 Things To Know About Your Over-the-Counter Medications

By Emily ShearerJustCareUSA Over-the-counter medications are drugs you can buy without a prescription to treat common problems. However, you should still use them with caution. A number of recent studies have revealed worrisome side effects from incorrect use of OTC medicines. Here are six things you should know about over-the-counter…

Some Prescription Meds are Less Effective Than OTC or Alternative Treatments

Some Prescription Meds are Less Effective Than OTC or Alternative Treatments

When are OTC drugs more effective than prescription drugs? When is doing nothing better than taking a medicine? Prescription drugs are stronger than OTC drugs, but sometimes too much is a problem. For example, after a car accident, opioids are sometimes offered as relief from the pain of having been…

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