Nonprescription sleep aids should not be used on a long-term basis.
Self-treatment with OTC vaginal antifungals is appropriate only for uncomplicated infections.
Two new products for allergy relief are now available without a prescription.
After 27 years with U.S. Pharmacist, Dr. Steve Pray is retiring from this column.
OTC options for osteoarthritis include thermotherapy and external and internal analgesics.
Attempts to switch cholesterol-lowering medications to nonprescription status have proven unsuccessful.
Self-help techniques may provide some relief from symptoms such as shaking.
Various antacids and acid reducers are available to treat this common GI ailment.
Drug abuse is not limited to illegal or prescription drugs. Some OTC products, such as cough and cold medications, can be abused as well.
The experience of providing services in a free health clinic can be especially rewarding for pharmacists.
Some women may develop nasal congestion due to their pregnancy.
Pharmacists can help patients decipher a product's label warnings to determine appropriateness for use with prostate or kidney issues.
Four types of OTC products are in common use—corticosteroids, nasal decongestants, saline, and cromolyn sodium.
Patients frequently are reluctant to seek professional treatment for this painful condition.
Several nonprescription products can be recommended for treatment of tinea corporis (ringworm).
Instead of self-treating sinusitis, patients should visit a physician for a differential diagnosis.
Most types of headaches can be treated with nonprescription analgesics.
Pharmacists can recommend dental intervention and appropriate products to patients.
Patients with this movement disorder feel an urgent need to move their legs to stop unpleasant sensations.
Factors to consider include patient age, current medications, and laxative misuse or abuse.
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