You’ve got a headache.
So you reach for a pill.
You have sinus issues.
So you reach for another pill.
You have no energy, so you take a pill.
Most people reach for over-the-counter (OTC) medications without thinking about it much.
These are safe, or they wouldn’t be offered without a doctor’s prescription, right?
In the exact doses and timing written on the bottle directions, these medications are safe enough for occasional use.
But because people think they’re safe, doses taken are often double (or more) than what the bottle says is safe.
And many of these OTC medications can have dangerous interactions with your prescription medications.
Some OTC medications can even interact with supplements that you might be taking for your health.
Some of the side effects of misusing an OTC medication are heart palpitations, fainting, nausea, and even more extreme.
So taking these OTC medications should be as limited as possible.
Luckily, there are a lot of natural ways to take care of our ailments to try before resorting to over the counter medications.