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Over-the-counter medication is a term used to describe all those different health products that you have stored in your bathroom cabinet which don’t require a medical prescription.
Those are typically pain relievers (such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen), antihistamines (like loratadine), cough suppressants (like dextromethorphan), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like aspirin).
The reason why you don’t need a prescription to buy and medicate yourself with these drugs is that they are safe for use by the general public and very effective in treating a great variety of common symptoms.
However, there are always some precautions to take into consideration that can be found in the information leaflet that comes inside the package. And yes, you should read it!
Since taking over-the-counter pain killers is most people’s first response to find medical relief after they feel the first symptoms of a minor illness kick in, it is definitely worth knowing the risks associated with self-medication. In this article, we will go through some of the most common and dangerous side effects of OTC drugs.