Americans take over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to treat a wide variety of ailments and symptoms. To help you know how to use OTC medicines safely and effectively, KnowYourOTCs.org offers insights from medical experts and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Learn how to avoid common mistakes when taking OTCs and expand your knowledge of your OTC treatment options.

 


FDA MedWatch

Tool: MedWatch – The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program

MedWatch is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) program to collect data regarding adverse events in healthcare. What’s an adverse event? It’s an undesirable experience associated with the use of a medical product, such as over-the-counter (OTC) medicines or dietary supplements. The MedWatch system collects reports of adverse events from consumers, healthcare professionals, and […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Arnica for Treating Pain

By: Dr. Ken Redcross

Everything You Need to Know About Arnica for Treating Pain Pain management isn’t always easy. I constantly visit with patients experiencing muscle pain, stiffness, or swelling from injuries and bruising. Some of them are surprised when my recommendations for treatment include homeopathic medicines containing an ingredient called Arnica. But while Arnica is new to most […]

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Homeopathic Medicines—What Are They and How to Use Them

Homeopathic Medicines—What Are They and How to Use Them   What are homeopathic medicines? Homeopathy is a 200-year old European system of medicine. The active ingredients in homeopathic medicines are highly diluted plants, animals, and minerals that are believed to relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength. For example, a bee sting causes […]

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A Dose of Difference: Sorting Through the Research and the News on Aspirin

By: Dr. Paul Gurbel

A Dose of Difference: Sorting Through the Research and the News on Aspirin When you think of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, it would be hard not to think of aspirin: one of the most common, useful, safe, and effective OTC medicines in the world. But there has been a flurry of media coverage recently regarding aspirin, […]

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