Skip Navigation Links



    Learn More     Subscribe    
Join Now!      Login
Stevia Poll
Have you ever used Stevia as a sweetener?
ealth Hint #352

Over-the-Counter Drugs: Reducing the Risks of Self-Prescription

© American Institute for Preventive Medicine, DonR. Powell PhD

Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer

Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are widely advertised in magazines and on TV and are consumed by millions of people. Generally less potent than prescription drugs, they can be taken without the authorization of a doctor. But before purchasing an over-the-counter remedy, ask yourself::

Am I trying to cover up symptoms that need to be evaluated by a doctor?
Will continued use cause new problems (dependency on laxatives or sleeping pills, for example)?
Are there unwanted side effects from these drugs (for example, increased blood pressure,
dizziness, headaches, rashes)?
Do I already have a similar product at home?

Often, reading the package labels--or looking up the name of the drug in the Physician's Desk Reference for Nonprescription Drugs, can help you answer these questions.

Keep in mind, too, that when taken in large quantities, an OTC drug might equal the dose of a medicine that is available only by prescription.

If there is any uncertainty in your mind whether or not a particular OTC medication will help or harm you, call and check with your doctor before you purchase it.

About The Author
Share   Facebook   Buzz   Delicious   Digg   Twitter  
From Our Sponsor
Featured Events
Wellness Inventory Certification Training - Level I
     February 18-May 20, 2014
     Los Angeles, CA USA
Additional Calendar Links
Wellness, Communicating, dimension!

Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Find a Practitioner       Healthy Products       Bookstore       Wellness Inventory
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Wellness Center       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Free Newsletter      What Doctor's Don't Tell You      Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us

Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.