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The treatment of acid reflux can be complicated and frustrating for many patients. When treatments based on lifestyle and dietary changes fail many patients require medications to deal with their disease. Until recently most of these treatments required a trip to see a physician and a prescription.
Medications like Zantac , Prilosec, and Prevacid have already been added to the OTC market. The FDA has also recently approved Axid and Zegrid for over the counter preparations. While there are definitely benefits to having these medicines over the counter there can also be issues for many patients.
The first problem can be related to insurance coverage for your medications. There are many patients who found themselves forced to pay more for prescriptions once they went over the counter because their insurance no longer covered the medications. If you find this to be the case for you it can help to file an appeal with your insurer or discuss alternatives with your physician. Ma...
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...
Medications to have at home
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