In a previous article, we discussed how some over-the-counter medications can be overused and abused with very dangerous risks. Plenty of users who are unsuspecting of these risks can easily access OTC medicines because they do not need a prescription from a doctor.
Medical marijuana can be a much better alternative since they can also treat the illnesses these other medications are for. If you don’t want to get high, you can try out CBD-infused medication, which is now available in some states.
Weed is definitely better to use compared to more of these common yet deadly over-the-counter drugs.
For most women, Midol is a certain must-have in the cupboard or in their handbags due to its versatility in getting rid of PMS or headaches and migraines. Midol has been popularly known for relieving menstrual pains. It also reduces fever and fever chills, hence making it a popular over-the-counter drug that contains acetaminophen (APAP).
However, acetaminophen has already been seen as a highly dangerous component for various reasons. Pregnant women cannot take acetaminophen during delivery due to its potential in affecting the fetus. It can cause the unborn infant to grow up with ADHD and/or autism.
If you’ve been using Midol for feminine struggles, it definitely is a bad idea even if you’re not carrying a child in your womb. The drug is known for its high overdose rate and women tend to take more than recommended just to ease the PMS pain or other issues.
There are plenty of marijuana-infused drugs that can suppress PMS and body pain better. It’s organic, safer, and you won’t have to worry about overdosing yourself just to get rid of the pain that’s been ruining your day.
2. Epsom Salts
Shocked? Well, who doesn’t like using Epsom salts?
Almost every American household has at least one of these babies in their bathroom cupboards. Like any other bath bomb, taking a soothing bath with Epsom salts is expected and known to get rid of body pains like muscle soreness, stiff necks, cramps or fatigue if you’re tired from a busy day at work.
One of the main ingredients of Epsom salts is magnesium. Some people prefer to orally intake Epsom salts by mixing it with drinking water. It eases bowel movement and constipation problems.
Insomnia and stress can also be handled by Epsom salts since it’s been known to contain an element that produces additional neurotransmitters in the brain. Even patients who suffer from fibromyalgia and the elderly who have arthritis take it.
But even so, like any other drug, Epsom salts come with a dirty secret that will most likely be triggered if taken orally.
- Having flushed skin
These symptoms are just a few side effects on the list. They are just the tip of the iceberg, because it has even scarier side effects such as:
- Heart issues
To put it simply, Epsom salts are a more dangerous drug that come with risky effects due to an overdose compared to taking marijuana. It would be better if you just toss any remaining Epsom salts into the trash can.
No one needs a doctor’s note just to be able to buy Tylenol and hence, almost everyone has it in their pockets, handbags, in the school clinic, in office drawers and even in your ex’s refrigerator.
Like Midol, Tylenol has been popularly known as an effective pain reliever. It also contains acetaminophen (APAP). Hence, making it a more dangerous drug than Midol since not only women use it. It can trigger asthma for those who already have it and it can potentially develop asthma for those who don’t have it.
A lot of teenagers who have suicidal tendencies have been using Tylenol due to its strong and guaranteed overdose potential.
Acetaminophen that’s found in Tylenol, has been discovered as the grim reaper behind more than 50,000 emergency room vists and 25,000 hospitalizations in the US alone. It is also responsible for killing about 450 people every year, 100 of these people die unintentionally.
And not only does it cause respiratory track issues but it can also cause liver failure.
Over all, acetaminophen is the worst over-the-counter drug that is highly more dangerous than marijuana.
If you have body injuries or you’ve been suffering a hangover headache all morning, do not, I repeat, do not resort to using Tylenol or any other drug that contains acetaminophen.
Due to its popularity and availability, people take Tylenol and consider it as the easiest and fastest way to get rid of pain but what they aren’t aware of is that weed is a more effective and natural remedy for pain.
Over-The-Counter Medications Really Can Hurt You
We’ve gone over all the harmful drugs you can get over the counter. If you’re really concerned, your best option is to talk to your doctor about what medicine is best for your illness. You might even be lucky enough to get prescribed medical marijuana!
Again, be very careful. Just because a drug can be bought in a pharmacy, doesn’t mean its harmless. A lot of over-the-counter drugs have more dangerous effects than marijuana.