Do you really know your over-the-counter (OTC) meds?
Reading the label on OTC meds can prevent harmful reactions. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, there is a lot of information contained in the label.
- The first thing listed is the active ingredients, that’s the stuff that actually manages the symptom.
- Uses- explains what condition the medication can treat.
- Warnings – fairly self-explanatory, side effects and things to avoid.
- Directions – How often and how much
- Storage recommendations
- Inactive ingredients – these are the things that help bind and preserve the medication.
- Contact information in case you need to contact the manufacturer.
If you have any concerns, you can always check with your pharmacist or if you’re visiting Emergency One, be sure to share the OTC medications you’re taking with your provider.