Four out of five American adults commonly take over-the-counter medications, most often to treat ailments like aches and pains, coughs and colds, fever, allergies, skin disorders, and heartburn, and other digestive problems. The reasons are easy to understand. O.T.C.s are convenient, readily available in groceries and big box stores as well as pharmacies, and they are less expensive than going to the doctor and perhaps paying for a costly prescription.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, there are more than 300,000 over-the-counter drug products on the market, a number that continues to grow as an increasing number of medications move from prescription to O.T.C. status.
Select 3 commonly used O-T-C medications.
Discuss the action of the selected medications.
What are the side effects of the selected medications?
What prescription medications would produce serious side effects if taken with the selected medications?
What is the role of the counselor regarding a client taking selected medications?