Over the counter

Clinical Update

Misuse of Over-the-Counter Medications

Topics: drug misuse | Over the counter | teens

Misuse of over-the-counter (OTC) medications is more common than you might think, especially among younger patients. In 2020, 3.2%–4.6% of high schoolers intentionally misused an OTC medication at least once in the past year (www.tinyurl.com/u7rxzvvp). The top three most frequently misused OTC medications are the cold medication dextromethorphan (D

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