Over-the-Counter Medications

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Many medications are available over the counter without a prescription. But are these medications safe? In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill shares information to consider when purchasing these drugs.

Dr. Hill:

Over-the-counter drugs are medicines sold directly to a consumer without a prescription from a health care professional.

Older adults often take over-the-counter medications to help with a variety of illnesses. These medicines can be very effective in relieving certain symptoms.

Common over-the-counter medications can cause harm if theyre not taken properly. And elderly people are more prone to serious side effects from these medications.

These are some common side effects older people may have from non-prescription drugs.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, may cause an increased risk of kidney failure or stomach bleeding.

Decongestants can cause glaucoma and vision loss.

Antihistamines in cold and sinus drugs can cause drowsiness, confusion, blurred vision and difficulty emptying your bladder.

Excessive use of Tylenol can cause liver problems.

Many over-the-counter and herbal therapies interfere with your prescription medicines for blood pressure, seizures, heart failure, diabetes and depression.

Be sure to tell your physician all the over-the-counter medications you are using.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.