Almost all of us have taken an over the counter (OTC) painkiller. We most likely were given baby aspirin when we were children and probably continued on to specialized extra strength ibuprofen as adults.
OTC drugs seem benign. They don’t require a prescription or a trip to the doctor. They’re readily available at every grocery store, gas station, bodega and pharmacy. They’re cheap compared to prescription medications, and we assume that they are perfectly safe because they are so prevalent.
However, most of us probably wouldn’t consume these drugs (or give them to our kids) so readily if we were more aware of how they work in and even against our bodies.
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