What are some good guidelines for over-the-counter drug safety?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Practice over-the-counter drug safety by remembering this simple acronym: O-T-C.
  • Obey directions by reading drug labels
  • Talk to your pharmacist – it’s a free consultation with an expert.
  • Choose the lowest dose first. For example, if the suggested dose is 1-2 tablets, take 1 pill first and see how you feel before upping the dose.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.

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