Study finds OTC treatment can be life-threatening
Study finds OTC treatment can be life-threatening

LUCKNOW: Using over-the-counter (OTC) treatement could result in life-threats. This has recently been demonstrated by a study from King George's Medical University (KGMU).

People frequently use sedatives, analgesics, antacids, and laxatives without a prescription to treat various common ailments. They may provide temporary comfort, but over time, these medications can lead to major adverse drug reactions (ADR), allergies, ulcers, tumours, and infections. Additionally, some individuals experience immediate medication effects.

The use of antibiotics to treat infections and nimesulide to alleviate pain frequently results in consequences and is dangerous, say pharmacovigilance experts at King George's Medical University.

Azithromycin, Ciprofloxacin, Augmentin, Ornidazole, Norfloxacin, Levofloxacin, Metronidazole, Ofloxacin, Amoxicillin, and Doxycycline are the most often mishandled antibiotics. You shouldn't administer them without a prescription.
"Patients frequently do not know about the contra-indications, dosages, interactions, warnings and precautions about the over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and get into problems," stated Prof. A.K. Sachan, head of the pharmacology department at KGMU. 

Dr. Swastika Suvirya, a professor at the KGMU dermatology department, said,  "Due to overdose and indiscriminate use of common painkillers, antibiotics, and sedatives, I frequently meet patients with major implications of antibiotic resistance, skin issues, hypersensitivity, and allergy. As a result, patients should try to obtain medication following consultation, and in an emergency, medications should be taken following reading of warnings."

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