Always be vigilant when using over-the-counter medication, because many drug preparations contain more than one active ingredient, which entails a risk of accidental overdose.
The combination of active ingredients
While many medications only contain one active ingredient, some of the ones used to treat allergies, cough, fever, colds and congestion contain several ingredients. For example, these products often contain acetaminophen or ibuprofen in addition to an antihistamine and/or a decongestant. If you have a headache and a runny nose, you might decide to take a “cold and flu” product for your cold, in addition to a pain reliever for your headache. Without realizing it, you would be taking a double or even triple dose of pain reliever!
Active ingredients are clearly listed on product labels. It is therefore crucial to read labels carefully, especially if you plan to use more than one product to relieve your symptoms.
Products that combine various medications can seem very convenient, but they often contain ingredients that you don’t need, in addition to putting you at risk of an overdose if you are taking other medications.
If you have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to speak to your pharmacist!