When you are using over-the-counter pain medication, you should make sure that you are reading the label in order to understand what is inside the medication and if it is safe for you to use. Too many times consumers assume that something is safe for them to take and then they will get sick or cause harm to their health. The FDC has recently made some changes to OTC pain medication labels to help you to be prepared and ready for making a great decision on the best medications for your needs.
The FDC has made a change to OTC pain medication labels, giving them a new warning. This warning is going to say that strokes and heart attacks can occur in just a short amount of time after taking this kind of medication. The agency is also going to warn that there are some risks when you take these medications in high doses.
This is slightly different than what used to be on the labels of OTC pain medications. It used to state that if you took these pills for a long period of time you might increase the risk of developing heart attack and stroke. This new label states that you might experience issues even if you just take it for a short amount of time.
The change of the label is meant to help consumers make wiser choices and be aware that things can happen with this kind of medication. It will hopefully help them to talk to a doctor about using the medication to ensure that it is safe for them to use rather than just going out and taking it when they want.
These warnings have already been added to some other medications such as NSAIDs, like Advil and Aleve. While this might not occur to most people, it is still a good idea to consumers to know what they are up against when they are using.
This change in the label occurred after some safety reviews that were done starting in 2004. This is when a pain reliever VIoxx, a popular pain medication at the time, was pulled away from the market because it was linked to a huge increase in stroke and heart attack even in those who did not have a risk for these issues to start.
Make sure to read any labels of the medications you plan to purchase to avoid these issues in the future.