Many people don’t give a second thought to what is contained in over the counter drugs. Otherwise known as OTC, these drugs are available without a doctor prescription but the fact remains that they are indeed drugs. Next time you go to purchase pain medication or any over the counter drug to treat a minor ailment, make sure you are reading the label for health warnings. This advice applies not only to pregnant women, but to everyone. Here are just some of th symptoms you could be facing from a medication you may not have thought twice about consuming.
1.) nausea, vomiting- This is a warning found on many of the most popular over the counter medications. The fact is that many components of these drugs could interact unfavorably with something you’re already taking. The producers of the pharmaceutical can’t gear the drug not to interact with everything so you really are taking a risk if you are not comparing medications you take for possible clashes.
2.) abdominal pain- Don’t be surprised if you get quite A stomach ache even if it follows taking a supposedly safe OTC drug. Ab pain is one of the more common negative side effects to medications and can be quite painful, unless use of the drug is immediately discontinued.
3.) liver toxicity- A known side effect of acetaminophen is the potential to turn your liver toxic. Acetaminophen is found in many of the most common cold and flu medications. The potential for your liver to get polluted is among the main reasons why you should never take too much cold and flu medication.
If you are going to take a drug, even an over the counter drug, you absolutely have to read the label and make sure it’s safe for you to take. After all, there is no sense causing a completely new problem in your body while you’re trying to get rid of your current illness.