Top Five Misused Over the Counter Drugs Exposed on Dr Oz Show

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(Best Syndication News) When it comes to over-the-counter drugs, people believe they are safe, according to Doctor Mehmet C Oz, host of the popular syndicated Dr Oz Show.

“If you think you don’t need a prescription, they must be safe”, Doctor Oz explained. “Then think again.” Nearly 200,000 people are rushed to the hospital every year after taking over-the-counter drugs “the wrong way”.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco, Nancy Nkansha, said that people don’t turn the package over to read the active ingredient and recommended use of the drug.

Many of the OTC products were once prescription products, but in some cases the FDA will allow prescription drugs to be classified as OTC drugs.

#5 Most Misused OTC drug :

The fifth most misused OTC drug is the “multi-symptom” cold and flu remedies. Nancy recommended we take a specific drug for each symptom.

#4 Most Misused OTC drug :

The fourth misused drug is for headaches. Oz said that acetaminophen (also in Tylenol) is found in many over-the-counter drugs. Nancy said that acetaminophen is the leading cause of acute liver disease in patients; because they take too much of it. The rule of thumb is to take no more than 8 pills a day.

#3 Most Misused OTC drug :

The number three drug is used to treat heartburn (Proton Pump Inhibitors). These include Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium. They shut off your acid production. Nancy said that these drugs used to be prescription. Sometimes people take them every day. “Your body can become dependent on them”, she said. This can cause reflux.

Don’t use these drugs more than four times per week.

#2 Most Misused OTC drug :

The number two drug is used to treat allergies (Antihistamines). Nancy said that Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can make you drowsy so she recommended taking a “non-sedating” drug in the mornings. You don’t want to drive after taking a sedating drug.

#1 Most Misused OTC drug :

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were the number one mis-used drug in America, according to Oz. This includes Ibuprofen, Naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin. People use them too often and for too long.

There is also a risk of kidney problems, along with stroke and heart attack.

If you use them too-much they can cause ulcers. Nancy said to take them with food. Oz said they create little holes in the stomach lining allowing acid to seep through.

Don’t take them longer than ten days at a time.

The bottom line is to check with pharmacist first and follow the instructions.

By: Nancy Connors
Entertainment Reporter

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