OTC Reminders in This Cold/Flu Season

As determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief products containing acetaminophen as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and ketoprofen, should be used cautiously. Normally, acetaminophen and NSAIDS are safe to use. But if used incorrectly, they can be dangerous. An overdose of acetaminophen can cause liver damage or even death, especially if people drink three or more alcoholic beverages per day. Too much NSAIDS can cause stomach bleeding, especially in people who are over 60, are on blood thinners or steroids, or have a history of stomach bleeding. Avoid taking several medications that contain the same active ingredient at the same time.

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