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Health Tip of the Day

Dangers of Common OTC Drugs

  • Aspirin can affect your blood's ability to clot for up to two weeks. Too much aspirin can cause bleeding, stomach ulcers or ringing in your ears.

  • Both aspirin and ibuprofen can cause bleeding ulcers in the stomach.

  • Antacids provide relief of symptoms. If you need them too often, however, you should talk to your doctor. They also interact with many other medications.

  • Laxatives are powerful and frequently abused. Overuse can create dependency and even permanent damage to your colon.

  • Diet aids are like a mild form of amphetamine. They speed up the heartbeat and raise blood pressure. If you have hypertension, kidney disease or heart disease, you should avoid these.