Too Many Americans Self-Medicate with OTC Drugs

Americans are too reliant on over-the-counter (OTCs) medications for treating everyday health problems, according to a new national survey conducted by Prevention magazine and the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA). While self-medicating is an overall safe and healthy option, a third of all adults (33%) admit they have taken more than the recommended OTC dosage for their condition. And even more revealing, more than a third (35%) surveyed think it is likely that their self-treatment could hide symptoms of a more serious problem requiring a doctor's attention.