Child receiving medicine via syringe

Facts About Antibiotics

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Poison centers across the country handle thousands of calls every year about antibiotics. Sometimes, young children get into a bottle of the liquid and drink it. Other times, a patient may take the wrong dose or they save leftover antibiotics “just in case”. Keep reading to learn our best facts about antibiotics.

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Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

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Over-the-counter pain relievers are some of the most common calls to poison centers. What is the difference between acetaminophen and NSAIDs? How do you keep you and your family safe when using pain relievers? Keep reading to learn more!

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Nystatin

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Nystatin is available in liquid, tablets, creams and suppositories to treat fungal infections. The liquid medication is frequently prescribed for thrush, a fungal infection of the mouth.

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Wart Remover

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Most of the over-the-counter wart removers have salicylic acid as the active ingredient. This medication is available without a prescription and works by peeling the hardened skin away in layers and promotes the body’s natural immune system to respond to the virus.

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Antibiotic Ointment

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Most antibiotic ointments available over-the-counter are a petrolatum base and contain three antibiotics: bacitracin, neomycin and polymyxin B. It is used to help prevent infection for cuts, scrapes, burns and other minor injuries.

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Tylenol®: Description and Use

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Most of us keep pain relievers around the house. The two most common types of over-the-counter pain medicines are acetaminophen – known by the brand name Tylenol® – and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, Aleve® or Advil®.

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Is it safe to take expired medications?

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“Should I take expired medications?” Although this question may sound simple, the answer is a bit complicated. It all begins with safety. The mandated expiration date traces back to a law passed in 1979 requiring drug manufacturers to provide a specific date on their medications to guarantee potency and safety of the product up to that date.

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Asthma Medication Safety Tips

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Asthma medications are inhaled directly into the lungs and are available in inhalers, nebulizers and pill form. Be familiar with your medication and read our safety tips in case you or your child come upon a medication mishap.

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