Running Head: POTENTAIL RISKS OF DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Potential Risks of Drugs and Supplements
POTENTIAL RISKS OF DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Part 1: Describe the potential risks of the following:
Over-the-counter drugs (OTC) drugs are medications available to patients without a
prescription at supermarkets or drugstores. Although these drugs are safe when used as
recommended, they pose significant threats to the user when used inappropriately. Cough
medicines which are readily available among young people can cause hallucinations, brain
damage, vomiting, blurred vision, increased heart rate when abused. Abusing cold medicines
such as pseudoephedrine can cause seizures, high blood pressure, dizziness and shortness of
breath. Pain relievers which are abused the most contain active ingredient acetaminophen which
can lead to serious health problems when taking in high doses (Ellison, 2014). Other risks
associated with this drug include nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain and sweating among others.
Over the Counter drugs used to treat motion sickness such as dimenhydrinate can cause potential
risks of coma, ha...