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May 10, 2014

Are over the counter homeopathic medications at your local pharmacy safe?

When you suddenly come down with a cold, a sore throat, a runny nose, itchy eyes, an upset stomach, or some other minor ailment, is it safe to head over to your neighborhood pharmacy and pick up an over-the-counter homeopathic medicine or ask the pharmacist for a homeopathic remedy?over the counter remedies

When you feel sick, you don’t think long and hard about the need for relief from your symptoms, you want to feel better, quick. However, choosing an effective remedy—especially one that is safe—may take more effort or good knowledge, which is why many people consult their local pharmacist.

Over-the-counter homeopathic medicines
• Can be used to relieve a wide variety of painful or aggravating symptoms caused by allergies, arthritis, colds, flu, stress, and other ailments
• Come in multiple forms and delivery methods: tablets, drops, syrups and suppositories
• Do not mask symptoms, which could make diagnosis of a more serious condition impossible
• Should not exacerbate existing conditions, though they could increase the symptoms slightly, initially; these symptoms should be mild and short-lived
• Do not cause drowsiness or excitability
• Can safely be used along with herbal supplements and/or prescription medicines

The advantages of asking your pharmacist include
• Immediate access instead of waiting to get a doctor’s appointment
• Your pharmacist’s knowledge of both the products available and your particular medical history and this makes sure the homeopathic medicine you use will fit the symptoms you have, following the basic principle of homeopathic treatment: let similar cure the similar
• They can direct you when you may need medical attention instead

For your safety
• Make sure you only treat self-limiting conditions on your own
• Get medical care and a proper diagnosis if your symptoms are getting progressively worse or last more than 3-4 days
• In an emergency, call 911 and seek medical help immediately instead of attempting self-treatment
• Know what medications you are already taking and share this information with your pharmacist and your doctor before requesting any homeopathic remedy or over-the-counter medicine
• Choose brands that manufacture their products according to the quality-control standards of the Drug Good Manufacturing Practices and the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and bear the seal HPUS
• Read labels to know what you are consuming

Talk to your homeopath before a need arises and be sure the safest possible treatment for minor ailments really is with over-the-counter homeopathic remedies.

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