Over-the-counter medicines (OTC) are very helpful for relieving some common ailments, but these over-the-counter medications cause more damage than benefits, such as Nyquil and ibuprofen used to get rid of cold can make someone sleepy and affect working efficiency. In other scenarios, you get wound in the gym and take medicine, whether this over-the-counter medicine can affect your work or exercise or not. Here are some opinions of experts about it.
- Cold and Flu Medications and decongestant:
If you Are suffering from cold and flu and want to work you probably use some OTC meds, these meds can make your brain little bit bleary and can cause you harm yourself while working. Because of these medics, for example, Sudafed which contains pseudoephedrine which makes brain misty. According to Michael Lenigon, M.D , clinical assistant professor, New York, a whole class of OTC cold and flu meds have tranquilizing properties, and decongestant can increase heart rate and blood pressure which can cause a stroke or other cardiovascular problems.
- Sleep Medications:
Taking some sleeping pill can help you getting rid of tossing and turning all the night, but in the next morning, you may face effects of this drug during work hour. Expert Lanigan says that if you take a pill and don’t sleep the full night then you will be sleepy and exercise is not suitable for this condition.
- Antihistamines/Allergy pills:
These meds are used to avoid allergy due to season or other factors. Allergy pills are of two types. The first type is sedating whereas second is non-sedating medicine. If you want to work and also avoid sneezing, then take non-sedating such as Loratadine, fexofenadine or cetirizine, says famous Pharm-D assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
- Pain reliever:
Taking a pain reliever, for example, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are helpful to relieve normal pain in the body, but if pain is due to cold or flu then after taking medicine you should rest, According to Lanigan. Another type of pain which is a major pain due to disk slip or other cracked-bone pain, in this type of pain it is important to identify these types of pain. Another medicine which is commonly used is Acetaminophen, used in pain relieving and fever. But if someone is suffering liver problems or allergic to this medicine then this medicine should not be used.
- Cough Medicine:
According to Lanigan, by taking medicine to relieve a cough can affect work. Most cough meds have one or many decongestants, for instance, pseudoephedrine or dextromethorphan like other medicine used for cold and flu. These drugs will impact workout by making you muzzy. This condition again can increase the risk of getting wounded during work. Another expert says that cough meds without dextromethorphan would not affect efficiency during work or exercise. Some cough medicines have a severe drug-drug interaction which may cause serious side effects, for example, taking cough syrup with antidepressants may cause hyperthermia, tachycardia and may lead to death.