The Dangers of Combination Allergy-Sinus Medicines

Picking up a combination allergy/sinus formula may seem like the speediest road to recovery, but experts warn against their potential danger. Many consumers assume the combination of antihistamine and decongestant will be more efficient in relieving allergy symptoms, but health organizations suggest that these products may actually do more harm than good.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends finding and using medicine that treats only one problem at a time, instead of using combination medicines. Using a medicine that treats symptoms you do not have means you may be ingesting unnecessary and excess chemicals used to create the medicinal formula. According to the FDA, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines effectively help someone feel better, but if taken improperly or without caution, can also present unnecessary risks.

Unlike standalone allergy or sinus formulas, combination medicines present a higher risk for side effects. Users are encouraged to avoid multi-symptom drugs—such as allergy/sinus combinations—unless aches and pains are coupled with hay fever symptoms. Every consumer should use caution when taking any OTC medicine to treat his or her symptoms, and understand which chemicals the body is ingesting. If certain active ingredients are unnecessary, it is better to find a more suitable medicine for treatment rather than one that treats a general swath of symptoms.

Despite the importance of understanding OTC medicine ingredients and taking only what best treats certain symptoms, many Americans fail to even read their medicine bottles. In fact, only one in 10 Americans says they thoroughly examine the Drug Fact label before taking an OTC tablet or formula. The Drug Facts label indicates the medicine’s potency, active ingredients, symptoms it treats and duration of effectiveness. How the body will react to any chemical ingredient depends completely on the individual and any preexisting conditions or intolerances.

Given that thousands of consumers have conditions, intolerances or sensitivities to certain chemicals included in OTC medicine, reading the Drug Fact label is imperative. In order to understand all components of a multi-symptom formula and how it best treats symptoms, consumers must understand what it is they are ingesting.

Harris Interactive found that the vast majority of Americans read only some portions of the OTC drug label when taking a non-prescription medicine. Because of this, two-thirds of Americans end up taking more than the recommended dosage. A third of consumers say they are likely to combine nonprescription medicines when they have multiple symptoms, such as a headache and sore throat. This practice may increase the risk that consumers take more than one OTC product at a time containing the same active ingredient, which could lead to bodily harm.

Understanding the ingredients included of your medicine, making sure it suits your symptoms, and adhering to dosages allow OTC medicines to help instead of hurt. While health experts do not restrict usage of combination medicines such as allergy-sinus formulas, many note that combination formulas could present more dangers for consumers. In any case, consumers should thoroughly read the Drug Fact label to understand the ingredients of their OTC medicine.

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