I am not a medical person, but I try to deliver common sense. And I've been around the block a few times, as I cared for seven elders over the span of two decades. I also do a lot of reading and study the research.
When people email me questions I often banter back and forth with them until they agree to drag their elder to a doctor or other specialist to see what the problem is and what can be done. I'll also give them my take, from the caregiver's point of view.
On occasion, sometimes months later, I'll get another question that is nearly identical. That is when my mind starts saying, "I need to write about this." That's what happened in this case. OTC medications are creating problems with our elders. We need to be aware of what they are taking and the problems that can go with the drugs. It's part of being their advocate.