Over The Counter Drugs: Why They’re More Dangerous Than We Think


More Americans are using over the counter medications than ever before.  According to the New York Times, Americans spent upwards of $44 billion dollars on OTC medications in 2014. As a result, the healthcare industry system was able to save an estimated $102 billion dollars in doctor visits, tests, and prescriptions. When used properly these over the counter medications are able to save consumers time and money, as well as make them feel better. However, not all the effects of these easily accessible drugs have been positive. An important issue going unnoticed by the consumer is the danger of these medications. Many people use OTC drugs without following the directions and recommended dosage. Not surprisingly, 1 in 5 adults admit to using a larger dose than what is recommended on the bottle, as well as using more of the drug than recommended within a 24-hour period. A large number of people take these OTC medications every day to help reduce aches and pains without knowing the inherent risks they are running.  It has become apparent that due to these drugs being so readily available, and in large quantities, people no longer are fearful of overdosing or other adverse effects that may result.

Some of the most common over the counter drugs we use are called NSAIDs. NSAID, or Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, is a type of medicine used to relieve aches, pains, swelling and discomfort. According to WebMD, over 30 million Americans use these drugs every day. NSAIDs are able to relieve our pain on a chemical level by preventing prostaglandins from being created. Prostaglandins are chemicals created by the body that cause swelling and the sensation of pain. By blocking these enzymes, we are able to feel less pain than we would otherwise experience. OTC medications that are considered NSAID’s include Aspirin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, and Aleve. However, many of these drugs have dangerous side effects including Ulcers in the stomach and intestines, high blood pressure and kidney damage, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal bleeding, and cardiovascular risks such as heart attack, heart failure, and strokes. These risks may increase over time with continued use.

In July of 2015 the FDA declared that they would be strengthening the warnings of increased risk of heart attack and stroke on all non-aspirin NSAID’s. This was the result of new information obtained by the FDA through observational studies, clinical trials, analysis, and other scientific publications. They concluded that “The risk of heart attack and stroke can occur as early as the first weeks of using an NSAID. The risk may increase with longer use of the NSAID” (FDA.GOV).  They continue to suggest you “use the lowest effective amount for the shortest possible time.” There are many studies that have found this to be factual, with the increased risk ranging from 10%-50%, depending on the drug, dose, and duration of use.

Here at The Relief Products, we believe strongly in all-natural medicine. Our homeopathic products are able to offer consumers relief from their aches and pains without the potentially dangerous side effects that other OTC medications present. While some OTC medications can still be useful and relatively safe for acute illness, we strongly suggest our homeopathic remedies for cases of chronic pain and discomfort. Many people suffer from chronic pain and use OTC NSAIDs for treatment. With these newly discovered risks, now is a perfect time to see if these safe, effective, and all natural methods could work for you. While homeopathic remedies generally take longer to take effect as they work slowly and gently with your body, they do have results. In fact, 7 out of 10 customers who used our products got relief. While we cannot guarantee its effectiveness for everyone, it is certainly worth trying. All the ingredients used in our products are accepted by the FDA and monographed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. These products are created from microdilutions of plant, animal, and mineral substances. Additionally, all ingredients have historical research to support their use, as well as two references in approved homeopathic Materia Medicas. Contact us today and see if our products can make a difference in your life and help you Stay Healthy, Naturally.