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These 4 Over-the-Counter Medications Don’t Really Work

by Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society:

While anti-pharmaceutical sentiment seems to be growing online, nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug. Even among those who shun prescriptions or simply try to avoid them except when absolutely necessary, there are vestiges of trust in the world of over-the-counter medications. Though while some medicines do indeed work (with side effects), many of these meds are worthwhile.

In 2013, U.S. consumers spent $33 billion in over-the-counter medicines. These are the antacids you take when you overeat, the Tylenol you take for a headache, and the sweet syrup you may give to your child to help them sleep through the night with a cough. But these medicines may not be all they’re cracked up to be.

A recent report from AlterNet took a closer look at 4 medications you may want to remove from your medicine cabinet.

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