What Hidden Dangers Are Inside Your Medicine Cabinet?

What you should know about common medications, supplements

When we take them at the right dosage and under a physician’s care, drugs offer many benefits. It’s also important to be aware of possible side effects. Below, find commonly used drugs and some caveats about their use.

OTC pain meds, prescriptions and supplements

Over-the-counter medicines, common prescriptions, and nutritional supplements can have serious effects on kidney function, especially if your kidneys aren’t completely healthy. Some health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, can also put you at greater risk for kidney problems.


Aspirin can be very helpful in treating many conditions — from a headache to heart disease. However, when some people take this simple wonder drug, they experience one of a few types of adverse reactions, known as aspirin sensitivity.

OTC pain medications

For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn that if you have chronic, ongoing pain, you should avoid long-term use of acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), including aspirin and ibuprofen.

Common prescription drugs

If you are struggling with urinary incontinence or your existing incontinence is getting worse, take a look at the medications you are taking. Diuretics, alpha blockers, antidepressants, narcotic pain relievers and sedatives may contribute to the problem.

Opioid pain medications

The use and abuse of opioid pain medications has become increasingly problematic in recent years. While they can be quite effective when used appropriately to treat pain, they need to be carefully monitored. These drugs include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine.

OTC meds, prescriptions and vitamins

Does your mouth have the taste of old pennies? The condition is more common than you might think. A metallic taste can indicate serious illness, such as kidney or liver problems, undiagnosed diabetes or certain cancers. But these reasons are not common and usually are accompanied by other symptoms.

Source: The Cleveland Clinic: Health Hub