Non-Prescription Drugs

The non-prescription drugs are any drug that the patient buys and takes without the prescription of the doctor. They are also known as Over The Counter or OTC drugs or pain relievers medicine. They are in effect for seeking relief from mild and moderate pain. But, it is better not to assume that all the non-prescription drugs are safe and can be easily taken. The non-prescription drugs can have side effects with other medicines. Thus, it can cause many serious health problems.

Non-prescription pain relievers or drugs are analgesics. You can buy them from the local store or chemist store. They include aspirin, such as Ascriptin, Bufferin or Ecotrin; Acetaminophen, such as Anacin-3, Datril, Tylenol; and Ibuprofen, such as Advil, Motrin, Nuprin. Most of them are available in the market with different names. However, if you have a look at the labels and ascertain them, nearly all of them contain one of these three above mentioned medicines.

Some of the non-prescription drugs should be used only with the adults or the older children. You should be very sure to go through all the instructions on the package very carefully. If you are still in doubt, better ask a pharmacist before you give the medicine to an infant or a young child. In case of a pregnant patient, the patient herself or her helper should always check and make sure with the doctor or pharmacist about the effects of the medicine prior to using any of the non-prescription medicines.

It is seen in some cases that the patients believe that the nonprescription drugs are all they need to relieve from pain, particularly when you are on the top of the pain. Those who take these drugs on the regular and contraceptive basis, these drugs are strong analgesics as the most people actually realize.

A few doses of the prescription pain relievers taken by mouth cannot be that effective as compared to two or three usual tablets of Acetaminophen or Aspirin. Research says that for most people the normal dose of nonprescription pain relievers offers as much relief from pain as prescription drugs such as Darvon or Codeine. The patient feels that when they are having pain relief from the nonprescription drugs, what is the use of taking the prescription pain drugs?

Keep all the drugs, specially the non-prescription drugs out of reach of your children and pets. At the time of discarding the drugs, be very sure to dispose of them completely, somewhere they cannot be found back.

It is also possible that for most people, the nonprescription pain reliever drugs have few side effects than the prescription pain drugs. Know about them before you take the medicine.

Some common non-prescription medications include:

  • Antacids and acid reducers
  • Activated charcoal
  • Anti Acne drugs
  • Analgesics
  • Anti-diarrheals
  • Anti-Hemorrhoid Drugs
  • Anti-Histamines
  • Antiseptics
  • Bulking agents and laxatives
  • Cold and allergy remedies
  • Cough suppressants
  • Decongestants
  • Expectorants
  • Laxative
  • Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
  • Pain relievers
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Vasodilators

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