A national survey recently found that while nearly all consumers say they feel confident when choosing which over-the-counter pain reliever to take, many disregard important safety factors that health care professionals say are critical to selecting the most appropriate remedy.
The U.S. Pain Foundation, with support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, conducted the survey. The poll of nearly 1,300 adults found that when deciding which OTC pain reliever to take, consumers place the most value on how effectively and quickly the medicine will relieve their pain, rather than prioritizing factors that could seriously impact their health.
Top survey findings include:
• Nearly half do not consider prescription drugs they are currently taking;
• More than half do not consider their pre-existing health conditions;
• Two in three do not consider other OTC medication they are taking;
• Three out of four of those 60 years old and over do not consider their age;
• One in five do not consider any of these safety factors.
To help consumers make more informed decisions when choosing OTCs for their pain, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has expanded its resources for consumers and health care professionals on how to safely choose, use and store OTC pain relievers. They are available online at www.GetReliefResponsibly.com.