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Be Cautious When Using OTC (Over The Counter) Drugs

Written by
Dr. Senduran N
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Sep 22, 2014 and last reviewed on Sep 13, 2019   -  2 min read

Abstract

Do you take OTC drugs often without consulting a doctor? Learn about the detrimental effects these drugs on your health.

Be Cautious When Using OTC (Over The Counter) Drugs

There are a number of patients just consuming the OTC drugs, whenever they wish without knowing the risks and long term effects involved with it.

For Example:

1. Paracetamol:

2. Antitussives (cough suppressants):

3. Anti-inflammatory agents and analgesics (pain killers):

Be aware of many such drugs like antidiarrhoeal (Loperamide), stimulant laxatives (like bisacodyl) etc., which are readily available in the pharmacy.

It is not advisable to consume regularly without getting a doctor's opinion which may result in other more dangerous effects than the actual one.

"Prevention is better than cure".

Consult a general practitioner online to know more about the detrimental effects of over usage of OTC drugs --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/general-practitioner

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Last reviewed at:
13 Sep 2019  -  2 min read

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