Review article: over-the-counter drugs and the gastrointestinal tract

Citation
Cl. Sheen et Dg. Colin-jones, Review article: over-the-counter drugs and the gastrointestinal tract, ALIM PHARM, 15(9), 2001, pp. 1263-1270
Citations number
103
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Review
Categorie Soggetti
Pharmacology,"da verificare
Journal title
ALIMENTARY PHARMACOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS
ISSN journal
0269-2813 → ACNP
Volume
15
Issue
9
Year of publication
2001
Pages
1263 - 1270
Database
ISI
SICI code
0269-2813(200109)15:9<1263:RAODAT>2.0.ZU;2-T
Abstract
An increasing number of drugs are becoming available over-the-counter, empo wering patients to treat themselves. Although drugs presently available ove r-the-counter are generally safe, there are issues of safety and possible d elays in diagnosis of serious conditions. Therefore it is vital that patien ts are made aware of the indications and limitations of over-the-counter dr ugs through improved communication and education. Pharmacists and drug comp anies will have an increasingly important role in giving information and ad vice to patients. This review looks at the present and future of over-the-c ounter medication, highlighting the safety aspects.