you’re feeling ill, sometimes you just don’t have time
to run to the provider’s office. You might have a favorite
over-the-counter (OTC) medicine that you can easily pick up at
the pharmacy. When you are looking into OTC medication, be sure
the label carefully. The label will tell you how much medicine
you should take, what symptoms the medicine will alleviate, and
that may be necessary. The label will also list active ingredients
(the therapeutic product in the medicine) and inactive ingredients
(other substances like coloring). Unlike alternative
OTC medicine is carefully regulated by the FDA. You can tell the
difference between OTC and supplements because of their
location in the pharmacy. If you are unsure, ask the pharmacist
for directions. In fact, your pharmacist will be able to answer
you have about OTCs in the store. The label of the OTC will also
have instructions about what to do in case of an overdose. Make
sure you read that carefully, and never take more OTC than prescribed.
Perhaps two pills are harmless, but half of a bottle will make
sick and could cause serious health problems or death. Also, check
to see if you need to take the OTC medicine with food. If the bottle
doesn’t say, make sure you don’t take the medicine
on an empty stomach because you could become nauseous.
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