Over the Counter Drugs
What does it do?
Pain reliever and fever reducer. Treats headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, and colds
Cures and Remedies
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- Some treat small ailments from time to time with great success
- Antibiotics for infections, flu medication and prescription cough medicine are used only when the patient is severely sick
- Makes life easier when dealing with a short-term illness
- Some people are dependent upon them
- Misused by those who were not intended to take the drug
- Can cause serious injury and even death from misuse and overdose
- The medication may cause additional problems
- Some trace amounts of pharmaceuticals may still be found in surface waters
- When the body does not fully metabolize the drug it enters the waster water treatment system and finds their way into surface waters
- More than 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, reservoirs and streams throughout the world
- -Some medications have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties and, because of that, are sometimes abused—that is, taken for reasons or in ways or amounts not intended by a doctor, or taken by someone other than the person for whom they are prescribed. In fact, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older.
-Drug abuse and mental illness often co-exist. In some cases, mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia may precede addiction; in other cases, drug abuse may trigger or exacerbate those mental disorders, particularly in people with specific vulnerabilities.
-The liver detoxifies chemicals and metabolize drugs. Makes proteins important for blood clotting and other functions
-The kidney extracts waste from blood, balance body fluids from urine and aid in other important function of the body
-Pain killers work with our cells, our bodies never endings, nervous system and our brain to keep us from feeling the pain. When you are are injured cells release chemicals called prostaglandins to tell the brain where the pain is and how much and then you feel the pain. When pain killers are taken it keeps injured or damaged cells from making and releasing prostaglandin. When this happens the brain does not get the message and there is no pain