Discuss the potential dangers of OTC drugs.

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These drugs can deliver safe, immediate relief; but they can be dangerous if misused or combined with other medicines.The reality is that even an aspirin can have adverse effects or cause harm if you don’t follow recommended doses, directions, and warnings.These adverse effects include side effects, drug-drug interactions, food-drug interactions, and allergic reactions


These laxatives can cause dehydration or abnormal levels of electrolytes in the blood, leading to kidney damage. According to the FDA, people most at risk include young children, adults over 55, and patients using medications that may affect kidney function.

Most side effects are unpleasant. A few examples are nausea, dizziness, or bleeding in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Sometimes, side effects can be useful. For example, certain antihistamines can cause sleepiness. This might be bad for people who take antihistamines during the day to treat allergies.

They can pose greater risks for some people, including very young children, older adults, and people taking more than 1 type of medicine. People who have the following conditions are also at a higher risk:

  • Asthma
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Breathing problems
  • Diabetes
  • Enlarged prostate gland
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Gout
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune system problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psychiatric problems
  • Thyroid problems

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