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Prescription For Trouble

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.
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  • Too much acetaminophen can damage your liver.

  • 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.

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  • It's always safe to combine over-the-counter pain relievers because none of them requires a prescription.

  • False Combining aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk of unwanted side effects, such as stomach irritation and bleeding.

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  • If you're pregnant, acetaminophen is considered safer than aspirin for pain relief.

  • True When taken as directed, acetaminophen is considered safer than NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium when you're pregnant.

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  • You can take aspirin one week before surgery.

  • 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.

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  • If you have heart disease, it's always safe to take NSAIDs for pain relief.

  • 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.

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  • If you take blood thinners such as Coumadin or aspirin, you should not take NSAIDs without first asking your doctor.

  • True NSAIDs increase your risk of bleeding, especially if you already take medications to thin the blood.

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  • If you have asthma, aspirin can make your symptoms worse.

  • 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.

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  • Children and teens who have the flu should never take aspirin.

  • 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.

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