Many Americans turn to over-the-counter medications on a daily basis to help find relief from common conditions, including colds, headaches, fevers, and allergies. Over-the-counter medications are generally inexpensive, do not require a prescription, and are normally safe.
However, doctors are beginning to warn of dangers involved in taking over-the-counter medications that people may not be aware of, and which can be very serious. The biggest risk, say experts, is when adults are taking multiple prescription drugs. They may not be aware of the interactions between the prescription drugs they are taking and the over-the-counter medications. People who have high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and kidney or liver problems are at particular risk of a negative side effect from over-the-counter medications.
Experts say it’s important for patients who are on prescription drugs on a regular basis to talk with their doctors before they get sick. They should ask what to take if they get a cold or a fever before the illness occurs. It’s also very important to pay close attention to the drug labels.
In many cases, the patients may also take too much of one drug without realizing it. They may take acetaminophen (found in Tylenol), as well as taking over-the-counter drugs that also contain acetaminophen. Over 30,000 people are hospitalized every year because of acetaminophen overdoses.
Often, accidental drug overdoses can be easily prevented by studying the medication’s packaging and speaking with your doctor. In other cases, however, the doctors or the drug manufacturers can be directly liable for causing harm. If you believe that you have been harmed by an over-the-counter or a prescription drug, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We will offer you a free consultation on your case. Visit our website or our profile on LinkedIn to learn more about our firm.