Last week, the FDA proposed tougher warning labels for acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen, cautioning the millions of users of potentially dangerous side effects. The over-the-counter drugs remain safe and effective when used as directed; however, misuse and overdoses can cause serious liver damage, even death.
The risks of serious side effects for these over-the-counter medications are higher in patients older than 59 years old and especially high for elderly patients. As mentioned in a previous article, adverse drug reactions alone are between the 4th and 6th leading causes of death for individuals 65 and older in the United States.
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