Dangers of Overdoing Cold Meds

Published 01/23 2014 08:11AM

Updated 01/23 2014 08:21AM

Pharmacist Greg Young knows that too much of anything, is never a good thing, especially when it comes to medication.

"When people are sick or hurting, they think if a little bit does good, then a lot will do better, and they can get themselves into trouble by doing that", says Young, pharmacy manager at Hendrick Medical Center.

The next time you make a trip to the pharmacy for a box or bottle of quick relief from your cold or flu symptoms, you may want to take a closer look.

"If you're not going to take the time to read the label, then you need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you use the product safely, and not exceed the dose or the recommended days of using that product temporarily", Young explains.

Young says over the counter go-to meds, like cough syrups and nasal decongestants, though instantly relieving, can do more harm than good if too much is on board.

"Every drug we give people is safe, at the appropriate dose, but if you get beyond the appropriate dose, then you get into side effects and impairments, even with over the counter products", Young says.

So when you're dragging and just plain miserable, with cold medicine, less is more. 

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