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4 questions to ask yourself before using nonprescription medications

Over-the-counter medications may be neither safe nor effective if they aren’t used properly. More than one-third of Americans regularly use nonprescription drugs to treat a number of ailments—pain, fever, cold and allergy symptoms, heartburn, and insomnia, to name a few. The manufacturers of the medications sold on drugstore shelves have demonstrated to the FDA that their products are safe and effective. And using them can spare you the money and time spent…

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