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Dimenhydrinate (Motion Sickness Pills)

Over-the-counter (OTC) medication abuse can be a problematic issue because it typically occurs in younger individuals under the age of 26, and OTC medications are readily available. A 2008 research article published in...

Pseudoephedrine (Cold Medicines)

Pseudoephedrine is a substance that naturally occurs in the plant Ephedra sinica, which is referred to as ma huang in traditional Chinese medicine. The substance is chemically related to amphetamine and often used in...

Acetaminophen (Pain Relievers)

Acetaminophen is a very common over-the-counter pain reliever that is the major ingredient in Tylenol. Numerous other drugs contain acetaminophen, such as Alka-Seltzer Extra Strength, NyQuil, and DayQuil. Acetaminophen is also...

What Are the Risks of Abusing Dextromethorphan (DXM)?

Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant commonly found in over-the-counter allergy, cold, and flu medications. At present, this medication can be found in over 120 OTC drugs. At the recommended doses...

5 Over-the-Counter Drugs that Get Abused

There are some substances that are available over the counter, which can, in large enough doses, cause intoxication, a euphoric high, or hallucinations.1,2 Many people may falsely believe that, because...

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