Over-the-counter drugs

There are many preparations and remedies that can be purchased without prescriptions which claim to relieve all sorts of minor aches and pains, cold symptoms, irregularities, sleeplessness, indigestion, stress, and diet problems. Adults and youths are being influenced by media advertising (television, radio, magazines, and newspapers) to believe that any pain can be relieved, whether physical, mental, or emotional, by the use of over-the-counter drugs.

The shelves of pharmacies, supermarkets, and convenience stores are stocked with these products.

Before stocking the home medicine cabinet with over-the-counter drugs, serious consideration should be given to protecting children. Recommendations are: