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Date:8/3/2009

ple ingredients to blast several symptoms at once. That's a misfire, since some added ingredients can increase risks, and any ingredient that treats a symptom you don't have is unnecessary. Such products can increase the risk of overdoses if you take multiple medications.
  • Recommendation: Opt for medicines with just one active ingredient.
  • Prescription drugs that became over the counter (OTC). Direct access to medication can introduce new risks if people turn to them when simpler remedies would suffice or if they treat problems without a doctor's diagnosis.
  • Recommendation: Before trying a drug that has become available over the counter, talk with your doctor to make sure that it's right for you, that you need it, and that the condition doesn't require medical supervision.
  • SEPTEMBER 2009

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