Show of HandsShow of Hands

Show Of Hands October 14th, 2013 2:24am

When taking over-the-counter medicine, do you always take the recommended dosage, or do you sometimes take a different amount?

129 Liked

Comments: Add Comment

dahawwl Texas
10/15/13 4:35 pm

I am very sensitive to medication, so I seldom take them. When I do I always take less than recommended.

muxpux S.W. Washington
10/15/13 3:58 am

I don't do pills. Can't recall the last time I took an Advil, or Tylenol or anything. When my allergies get real bad ill pop a couple allergy pills but that's just to stay functioning haha.

figggggggggg washington
10/14/13 6:15 pm

where is the option "take whatever my mom tells me to do"

figggggggggg washington
10/14/13 6:15 pm

where is the option "take whatever my mom tells me to do"

doctalk not all who wander r lost
10/14/13 4:07 pm

Good question Tony-Stats are pretty telling here. 50% never even fill the script. Of those who fill less than 50% take it as directed!. And what does that tell you about the need for the drug in the first place?

druggist illinois
10/14/13 9:11 pm

Why fill a script for an OTC medication?

10/14/13 3:58 pm

I never take a higher dosage, but I sometimes I take a lower one.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/14/13 9:48 pm

Ditto! But I accidentally overdid the sudafed (the real stuff that you gave to sign for) and cowabunga! did I get the shakes. But Advil and Tylenol you can overdo for a day or two if needed.

Quantumpanda Ohio
10/14/13 1:08 pm

I don't always take the dose on the package, but this is because of several years of experience as a pharmacy technician and having asked multiple pharmacists questions. I have a pretty good idea of what dose changes are generally safe.

10/14/13 1:57 pm

Do you think experience makes you qualified or a piece of paper from a university?

ladyniner81 I hate people
10/14/13 12:54 pm

I take prescription medication. I have to check to make sure it doesn't interact with them, so I take the same dosage. And I can't take some medicines because they cause seizures (sleep aids, ginko)

10/14/13 10:55 am

I usually take less.

rnm Illinois
10/14/13 8:04 am

recommended amount works for me. If I change it, it would be for less.

jmw7477 Indiana
10/14/13 7:38 am

I usually do the recommended dose, unless I'm really sick & don't have to go anywhere. Then I might take a bigger dose or take it more often & just sleep

aj1545 Cat Lady
10/14/13 7:19 am

Depends what it's for. Usually I stay with the recommended dose but I remember before getting my endometriosis under control if take five advil at a time with my period, glad I don't need to do that anymore.

10/14/13 6:52 am

Usually start with a lesser amount and go to the recommended dose if needed...can't recall exceeding the recommended amount

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
10/14/13 6:41 am

I often take only one Tylenol or Motrin.

kimpossible48 Cape Coral, FL
10/14/13 6:16 am

800mg of ibuprofen does the trick!

RepubIican South east
10/14/13 6:16 am

Recommended unless it's Advil or something.

beetlebug Harrisburg, PA
10/14/13 6:08 am

Usually lower dose of OTC pain meds, especially if I haven't taken that kind before.

10/14/13 5:45 am

I take dosages of OTC thigher than recommended only if i have had a dr prescribe me a dosage of higher in the past. For example, 800mg of Motrin.

runschmoopie WNY
10/14/13 5:25 am

Recommended or less than recommended.

llbelinda Believeland
10/14/13 4:47 am

I usually just take a big swig of NyQuil right out of the bottle instead of measuring!

10/14/13 4:38 am

Recommended unless its ibuprofen. Then I'll take up to 800mg, which is the highest prescription strength, I believe.

dmob Earth
10/14/13 12:21 am

The same amount, but usually on a smaller interval.

elianastar FreeSpeech
10/13/13 11:41 pm

Always take half dose for both OTC & Rx pain meds. Always. Almost died from med overdose post-surgery because my body seems to hyper-respond to these meds. No one's fault I just have unusually low tolerance to some meds & high pain threshold.

elianastar FreeSpeech
10/13/13 11:42 pm

Anything that says "may cause drowsiness," I proceed with caution. I'm also a "cheap drunk." :-)

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
10/13/13 11:41 pm

I tend to take the Rx strength of OTC meds (800 mg of Advil, 550 mg of Aleve).

Scrazzle Winter is Coming
10/13/13 11:25 pm

4 ibuprofen at a time.

leilu SoCal
10/13/13 11:02 pm

Usually less.

If I need more I'll take it, but not over the recommended amount.

skacey best poll is evenly split
10/13/13 10:42 pm

I've been looking for a good med tracker to help manage anything I take (which isn't much) I'd rather try to manage down my dosages until I see a difference in relief unless we're taking about antibiotics. Then I take the whole course right on sched

elusive Sactown
10/13/13 10:33 pm

I have an extremely high tolerance to most meds, so I often take an extra pill.

Ghostreconss mars
10/13/13 10:11 pm

Usually recommended, but sometimes less.

davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
10/13/13 9:25 pm

I use common since. Obviously an over the counter drug will work differently for a 100 pound women, than it will for 250 pound man.

deathvalley Chicago native
10/13/13 9:17 pm

Usually recommended except if it's my allergies.

musicfreak Loving Life
10/13/13 8:56 pm

Never less, sometimes more

discer middle of life
10/13/13 8:46 pm

Got to take care of that liver of mine.

10/13/13 8:45 pm

Does methamphetamine count as an over the counter drug?

10/13/13 10:09 pm


Vincere Seattle
10/13/13 8:33 pm

I always take roughly three times the recommended amount and wash it down with some whiskey. The flying purple monkeys told me to do it, and I trust them because the owls are not what they seem.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
10/13/13 8:33 pm

Usually recommended, but sometimes more.

dudley northern Virginia woods
10/13/13 8:30 pm

I am a lot more careful than I used to be.

rlc63 North Carolina
10/13/13 8:26 pm

My kid recently had a DNA test that told her dr how her body absorbs and processes different types of meds. She needs more of almost everything and some won't work at all. This is an great tool for her.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/13/13 8:24 pm

Luckily, aspirin is about as harsh a drug as I need. Due in part to the medicinal herb class my Mrs took.
Anyone with carpal tunnel? Find a source for teasel tincture. In a word, miracle. Or contact me when we make a batch this fall.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/13/13 8:25 pm

Actually, does wonders for ANY ligament issues. LMK if interested.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/13/13 8:16 pm

Recommended or less. I'm not a guinea pig.

Statek Im from the Internet
10/13/13 8:14 pm

You can't tell me what to do!
Actually, I take smaller/larger doses of some things, like melatonin
They come in 5mg pills (here), which is a ton, so I chop them up in thirds or so, which is plenty

EarlyBird Portland
10/13/13 8:03 pm

I usually take a little more than the recommendation.

10/13/13 8:00 pm

Different I actually have the knowledge to know better.

icytoes the tepid north
10/13/13 7:57 pm

Ibuprofen, up to 800mg if needed. Everything else, as recommended.

10/13/13 8:46 pm

Ibuprofen kills several thousand people a year. Be careful. That's a lot.

icytoes the tepid north
10/13/13 11:14 pm

That's a standard Rx dosage. I don't take meds very often at all, but when I do I generally have to go on the high end of the dosing scale.

lmurder MDK
10/13/13 7:54 pm

More based on body size and body reaction.

NotHomeYet formerly fgw0369
10/13/13 7:52 pm

Usually less than recommended - especially Benadryl!