More than 40 million people suffer from nasal allergy symptoms in the United States. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications for allergy relief fill the shelves of retail pharmacies and there always seem to be new ones coming to the market. Choosing the right medication often depends on matching your symptoms with what the colorful medicine box states the drug inside is capable of relieving. It can be very disappointing when runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion remain unaffected by the "miracle drug." In desperation, you may decide to double the dose or add another OTC allergy medication. It always boils down to trial and error. But how much error should you risk taking?
All About Antihistamines Antihistamines are the most common drugs taken to treat nasal allergy symptoms. There are two major classifications of antihistamines:
• First generation antihistamines have a much higher risk of sedation and fatigue (compared to second generation). These antihistamines often need to be ...
Over-the-counter birth control methods are used during sex to avoid pregnancy and sometimes to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over-the-counter means that they can be purchased by anyone, without a doctor's prescription.
For more information about birth control options, see:
Birth control and family planning
Birth control - over the counter; Contraceptives - over the counter
Over-the-counter birth control methods are not as effective against pregnancy as some prescription methods. However, they are more effective against STIs than any other method except not having intercourse (abstinence). They enable people to protect themselves against pregnancies and STIs without having to:
Deal with long-term side effects
Spend a lot of money
Wait for a doctor's appointment
A male condom is a thin sheath pla...
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil or Aleve, might lower your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), one of the most common forms of skin cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology .
Researchers reviewed nine previous studies which also looked at the use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin, to a reduced risk of developing skin cancer. According to the scientists, the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma dropped by 15 percent and could potentially become a part of overall prevention measures for SCC.
SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer with 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. This type of skin cancer rarely metastasizes, however, it can become deadly if left untreated. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , 8,800 people died from SCC in 2012. This type of skin cancer develops in the epidermis, or ...
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