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Unexpected Dangers of Over-the-Counter Medicine

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  • Acetaminophen overdoses are also responsible for more than 150 deaths each year in the U.S.
  • In 2014, 13 deaths occurred after use of over-the-counter saline laxatives
  • The FDA has called on drug makers to strengthen their warning labels on prescription and OTC non-aspirin NSAIDs, to warn of increased risk of heart attack or stroke

By Dr. Mercola

If you have muscle aches, a headache, fever, heartburn, or allergy symptoms, do you reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) medication to help you feel better? If so, you're among good company.


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