Number of OTC drugs in the last year – Do they mean anything?
10 Dec' 16

Number of OTC drugs in the last year – Do they mean anything?

Splitting headache? Quick, get me an aspirin. Ate too much oily and greasy food? No problem, have a Digene. Have a stuffy or a runny nose? Grab and pop a Crocin. We don’t give it a second thought when buying or using these medications. Why is it so? Simply because these are over-the-counter medications and you can easily buy them without a doctor’s prescription. And, of course, these are safe and effective and we have used them umpteen times before.

OTC’s can help you feel better by providing relief for headaches, allergies, common cold, nausea, vomiting, indigestion and much more. But, sometimes OTC’s can cause adverse side effects. Hence, it is highly advisable to limit your usage of OTC medicines. Make it a point not to use them unless you really need them. It is also important that you read the directions on the label carefully before using it. Make sure you know what ingredients it contains and understand any warnings or possible adverse effects. 
 
OTC’s can provide safe and immediate relief but they can prove to be a threat if misused or combined with other medicines. We assume that OTC’s are safe just because they are available over the counter. But in reality, even an aspirin can cause harm if you fail to follow the recommended dosage, directions, and warnings. It is also important that you understand that OTC’s are intended to treat short-term illnesses and relieve symptoms. If taken for a longer period of time they can cause some adverse effects.
 
Indian pharmacy shelves are loaded with a wide range of OTC drugs that help to treat a multitude of ailments. Besides being promoted by the pharmaceutical companies, well-framed advertisements claim that “X” medicine is recommended by doctors and “Y” medicine helps your child breathe easier. All this literally drives the consumer to use it.  It is we who have to understand that common cold is a mild and self-limiting condition and does not necessarily require OTC’s to get relief. It will resolve spontaneously. But if you are still worried its better you see your doctor. So, let us in this forthcoming New Year resolve to limit our usage of OTC drugs!

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