(BlackDoctor.org) — Americans spend $17 billion a year on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. OTC medications come in a variety of brands and formulations that cater to every symptom, and you can purchase them day or night without a prescription. But…do OTC drugs really treat the body effectively? Are there some that can and should be trusted/avoided more than others?
Also, at what point should we talk to a doctor? When is it okay to self-medicate?
Do You Really Know What You’re Taking?
Many people don’t have a clue what they’re buying and taking, says Timothy W. Cutler, Pharm.D., a pharmacist and associate professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco.
For example, “Do you know that when you’re taking a Tylenol PM, you’re not just taking acetaminophen, but also a whopping dose of Benadryl?” Cutler asks.