Just because a drug can be purchased without a prescription doesn't mean it's inherently safe. Any drug can be dangerous if used improperly. Plus, many drugs have side effects, regardless of whether they are obtained by prescription, over-the-counter, or are herbal supplements.

One common danger of over-the-counter drugs is overuse. Many painkillers, for example, are readily available on most store shelves. Over-the-counter drugs in large bottles or “extra-strength” form make overdosing that much easier, as opposed to a prescription medicine that typically has a specific number of dosages that end with the completion of treatment.

Additionally, many consumers do not read drug labels, which contain important information regarding dosage, ingredients and side effects. Consumers may unknowingly be taking two over-the-counter medications simultaneously that include ingredients that shouldn't be mixed.

Children can also purchase most over-the-counter drugs without a parent’s knowledge, which could lead to dangerous side effects, overdosing and even death. Children and teenagers may also try to sell such drugs to friends or classmates.

If you purchase over-the-counter medications, be sure to read all labels and call your pharmacist or physician if you have any questions. Over-the-counter drugs should only be used to treat the things for which they were made.

Be mindful of your medical history. For example, over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can cause gastrointestinal problems for people with a history of ulcers and bleeding.

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