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...
Most of us have grown used to taking over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, even if it's a daily aspirin now prescribed to many people as they age, or allergy medications for hay fever or animal allergies. In general, these drugs have been proven safe when taken as directed, or they wouldn't have gained approval to be sold without a prescription.
The danger lies in that OTC drugs are often taken without any thought at all that these are, indeed, drugs , and that they need to be included on your list of medications so that your doctor knows what you are taking. The same advice hold true for nutritional supplements.
We need to be aware that all drugs have side effects. Side effects aren't always bad. In fact, at times, a side effect is so beneficial for some people that the drug is prescribed for that very reason.
However, the side effects of many drugs are negative, and cumulative effects can cause symptoms that could mimic memory problems, among other issues. A blog post co...
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