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Over the Counter Medicines



Over the Counter Medicines
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.41

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     challenging words:    decongestant, non-prescription, suppressant, un-stuff, overdose, reducer, relievers, aspirin, remedy, mucus, coughing, dose, expiration, stuffy, liquid, medical


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Over the Counter Medicines
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Do you have a headache, a cough, or a wart? There is probably an over the counter medicine to help you. An over the counter medicine is sometimes called a non-prescription medicine. This is because you don't have to have a note from your doctor to get it. You can buy it at a drug store or a chain store.
 
2     There are many kinds of over the counter drugs. You see ads for them on TV all the time. There are medicines that help you sleep and ones that will help you stay awake. There are pain relievers and cold remedies. There are non-prescription medicines for almost every part of your body. Some are swallowed, and some are put on your skin.
 
3     Probably the most common non-prescription drugs are pain relievers. These are things like aspirin, Advil, and Tylenol. They will help you if you have a headache. If you exercise too much, they can help your sore muscles or joints. These drugs can also help reduce a fever.
 
4     Cold remedies are also popular. There are drugs to un-stuff your nose. There are some that make your nose stop running. Some will help you stop coughing. Others will make you cough to loosen the mucus in your chest. Sometimes medicines are combined into one pill or liquid. This will help you with all your symptoms.
 
5     One thing these over the counter drugs all have in common is a label. It is important to read the label carefully before you take any medicine. It has important information on it.

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