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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Over The Counter (OTC)
These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as
recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is
always advised to consult their own physician.
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Reactions of OTC medications
Question: I recently contracted a very bad cold, and I am always confused on which
remedies are suitable for me. I am taking Carbamazapine 800 mg/day. For my cold I have
been taking Robitussin CF and Benadryl Allergy/Sinus Headache. Are these medications OK,
and what do I need to look for on a label that will not conflict with my medication?
Answer: These shouldn't be a problem.
OTC Medication Availability in Europe
Question: I am planning a trip to Europe and would like to know if one is able to
obtain medications there without prescriptions as required in the United States.
Answer: Depends on the medication,but, generally not.
Question: A 36 year old male comes into the pharmacy that I work at and has a
sprained knee, which is swollen, he is currently taking Dyazide for his blood pressure but
he is a heavy, very heavy drinker-he asked what he could take for his pain and
inflammation in the way of an OTC drug--what would you prescribe? The alcohol problem
worried me and my best guess was to prescribe a topical analgesic-what would you have
Answer: Probably the same.
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