Wednesday, July 24, 2013
No prescription needed, but common sense is
The other day a friend called me from the store--she said she had a cough--and her cart had nighttime cough medicine, daytime, decongestants, and some other nostrums. I said don't take all that stuff--go to urgent care. She did and needed antibiotics--if it had been a viral cold it was now bacterial bronchitis.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) causes 200 liver failures a year. Eight extra-strength pills a day and ruin your liver. Your prescription drugs may also contain it--upping your daily amount. Ask the pharmacist.
I take three in the AM and gut out the arthritis pain the rest of the day--and I worry about that.
Diet aids, laxatives,herbal diuretics, motion sickness meds--all of these are commonly misused.
Cold medications can also raise blood pressure.
You would not take any of these if they did nothing--and often what they do is negative. Just because the FDA lets you get them without consulting a doctor does not mean they are candy.