FCS8624 1. La versin en espaol de este documento es Vida Saludable: Consejos Para Tomar Medicinas Sin Receta (FCS8624span). This document, FCS8624, is one in a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Commun ity Sciences, Florida Cooperative Ex tension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date : March 2004. Latest Revision: May 2008. Please visit the EDIS We b site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu 2. Jennifer Hillan, MSH, RD, LD/N former ENA FS nutrition educator/trainer, Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, Co operative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employ er authorized to provide resea rch, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Larry Arrington, Dean. Healthy Living: Tips for Taking Over-the-Counter Medicine1 Jennifer Hillan2 Nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medications are often a convenient and inexpensive way to treat minor health problems. However, OTC products are serious medicines th at can cause unwanted problems if used incorrectly. If you are taking OTC products, here are some guidelines to help you use them safely: Read the Label Carefully Before taking any product, always read the label. Follow all directions and warnings. This is especially important if you have allergies or chronic health conditions. More is Not Better! Take only the amount directed on the label and dont take the drug any longer than recommended. Check the Expiration Date Check the expiration dates on your medicines twice a year. Throw away outdated products but do NOT flush them down the toilet. More Safety Tips Store medicine in a cool, dry place. Keep all medicine in the original containers. Keep medicine out of the reach of children (dont forget visiting grandchildren!) Inspect Before You Buy Check the package and medicine for signs of tampering. If the product is open or the seal is broken, dont buy it. Remember, OTC products can relieve symptoms, not cure a disease. See your doctor if symptoms persist.