Products sold without prescriptions

Investigating and treating illnesses, diseases, or injuries resulting from the use of products that can be purchased without a doctor’s prescription is typically excluded from coverage under most medical insurance policies. These products, also known as Over The Counter (OTC) drugs, include common pills that provide relief for allergies, colds, coughs, sore throats, eye problems, gastrointestinal issues, and pain relief. However, while these products may be widely available and easy to access, they still carry potential risks and should be used with caution.

For example, Acetaminophen is a safe and effective pain reliever that benefits millions of consumers. However, taking too much of it could lead to serious liver damage. This highlights the importance of reading and following the directions on the label every time you use a medicine, as well as consulting with a healthcare provider before giving OTC drugs to children under 2 years of age.

To avoid accidental overdosing and potential damage to the liver, it is important to not take more than the recommended dose on the label and not to take more than one drug product that contains Acetaminophen at the same time. Consumers should also be aware that taking more than the recommended dose will not provide more relief.

It is also worth noting that parents should be cautious when giving acetaminophen to children. For example, the infant drop formula is three times stronger than the children’s suspension. To help make sure your infant is getting the infants’ formula and your child is getting the children’s formula, parents should read and follow the directions on the label every time they use the medicine. Additionally, parents are cautioned against giving any acetaminophen or cough and cold medications to children under 2 years of age without the advice of a healthcare provider.