Decoding Drugs

Questions to ask yourself when buying over-the-counter medication

(HealthDayNews) -- When aches and pains send you to the drug store looking for relief, make sure you choose the right product for you and your ailment.

After reading the product labels carefully, the University of Iowa suggests you ask yourself (and then possibly your physician or pharmacist) the following questions:

  • What conditions or symptoms does the medication treat?
  • How severe are my symptoms, and how long have I had them?
  • How much medicine should I take, how often, and for how long?
  • Can I drive while taking the medication?
  • Can this medicine affect other health conditions I might have, such as asthma, high blood pressure or pregnancy?
Felicity Stone

Felicity Stone

Published on December 18, 2003

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