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...
Antidepressants are often prescribed to help patients with anxiety. As with all medications, antidepressants have certain side effects people should be aware of. For most people, these side effects are mild and short-lived. For others, however, side effects are serious enough that medication is not an option. Side effects should be taken into consideration when determining what treatment will be best for you. In addition, different antidepressants cause different side effects. If you should have questions or concerns about side effects that you are experiencing, you should contact your physician. In addition, if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts after beginning antidepressant medication or have changed your dosage, you should immediately contact your physician. All antidepressant medications have a risk of causing an increase in suicidal thoughts, agitation, aggression and impulsiveness. Side Effects of Tricyclic Antidepressants • Dry Mouth • ...
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
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