When using over the counter drugs, it is important that you use them properly. Using them improperly can lead to major health problems. So many people end up in the hospital due to the misuse of over the counter medications. The first thing you need to do before taking any medication is you need to read the label. Only after you have talked to your doctor is when you should take medication and follow each instruction carefully to avoid complications.
You will also want to talk to a health care professional. You need to be sure you are in proper condition to take any medication. You will also want to talk to the pharmacist about any questions you may have concerning the medication. The pharmacist is knowledgeable about the chemicals and anything else that may be in the medication, so be sure you ask if you have any questions.
Do not mix any medication with alcohol. Most medications will have a negative effect when mixed with any amount of alcohol. Do not keep using a medication for more than you are instructed by your doctor. This can lead to addiction and overdose.
You do not need a prescription for over the counter medications, so be careful how you use them. There can be many complications if you do not use them correctly. There are fewer side effects in over the counter drugs than in prescription drugs, but they still occur. Be aware of these side effects.