When taking over-the-counter medicine, do you always take the recommended dosage, or do you sometimes take a different amount?
I am very sensitive to medication, so I seldom take them. When I do I always take less than recommended.
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.
where is the option "take whatever my mom tells me to do"
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?
Why fill a script for an OTC medication?
I never take a higher dosage, but I sometimes I take a lower one.
I often take less.
Adjust to what works
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.
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.
Do you think experience makes you qualified or a piece of paper from a university?
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)
I usually take less.
recommended amount works for me. If I change it, it would be for less.
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
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.
Usually start with a lesser amount and go to the recommended dose if needed...can't recall exceeding the recommended amount
I often take only one Tylenol or Motrin.
800mg of ibuprofen does the trick!
Recommended unless it's Advil or something.
Usually lower dose of OTC pain meds, especially if I haven't taken that kind before.
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.
Recommended or less than recommended.
I usually just take a big swig of NyQuil right out of the bottle instead of measuring!
Recommended unless its ibuprofen. Then I'll take up to 800mg, which is the highest prescription strength, I believe.
The same amount, but usually on a smaller interval.
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.
Anything that says "may cause drowsiness," I proceed with caution. I'm also a "cheap drunk." :-)
I tend to take the Rx strength of OTC meds (800 mg of Advil, 550 mg of Aleve).
4 ibuprofen at a time.
If I need more I'll take it, but not over the recommended amount.
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
I have an extremely high tolerance to most meds, so I often take an extra pill.
Usually recommended, but sometimes less.
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.
Usually recommended except if it's my allergies.
Never less, sometimes more
Got to take care of that liver of mine.
Does methamphetamine count as an over the counter drug?
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.
Usually recommended, but sometimes more.
I am a lot more careful than I used to be.
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.
Luckily, aspirin is about as harsh a drug as I need. Due in part to the medicinal herb class my Mrs took.
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Recommended or less. I'm not a guinea pig.
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
"I'm no ones puppet."
I usually take a little more than the recommendation.
Different I actually have the knowledge to know better.
Ibuprofen, up to 800mg if needed. Everything else, as recommended.
Ibuprofen kills several thousand people a year. Be careful. That's a lot.
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.
More based on body size and body reaction.
Usually less than recommended - especially Benadryl!