Over-the-counter drugs. They're often what you reach for to treat that nagging cough or headache. But how much do you know about the dangers of these easy to use drugs?Take this quiz from WebMD below to find out. You could find that over-the-counter drugs are a Prescription For Trouble.
True Taking more than the recommended dose can cause liver damage and even liver failure. Always check medicine labels to make sure you're not accidentally getting acetaminophen from other medication.
False Combining aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk of unwanted side effects, such as stomach irritation and bleeding.
True When taken as directed, acetaminophen is considered safer than NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium when you're pregnant.
False Many health care providers recommend avoiding aspirin and other NSAIDs. They thin the blood, so taking them the week before surgery may increase your risk of bleeding, which can be dangerous.
False Ask your doctor first. Aspirin helps protect against heart attacks in some people, but NSAIDs can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
True NSAIDs increase your risk of bleeding, especially if you already take medications to thin the blood.
True For some people with asthma, aspirin and other NSAIDs can trigger an asthma attack. It can be especially dangerous for people with asthma who also have sinus problems or nasal polyps.
True Giving them aspirin when they have a viral infection can cause a serious, potentially fatal problem called Reye's syndrome, which can damage the brain and liver.