Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety
Our findings show the small impact of potential misclassification of low-dose aspirin use in THIN due to unrecorded OTC use. The small proportion of false negatives confirms the utility of THIN for utilization and outcome studies of low-dose aspirin.
Geriatrics & gerontology international
Misuse of OTC medications is highly associated with ADEs. ADEs are capable of decreasing the physical health of elderly patients.
The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
OTC NSAIDs are used by almost one-third of the general population. In the high-risk patients selected, one in eight patients used an OTC NSAID. Continued efforts by health authorities and healthcare professionals to inform patients of the risks of these drugs are warranted.
Pediatric cases of vitamin D intoxication (VDI) with dietary supplements have not been previously reported. We report on 7 children with VDI caused by consumption of a fish oil supplement containing an excessively high dose of vitamin D due to a manufacturing error. Seven children aged between 0.7 and 4.2 years were admitted with symptoms of hyperc...
Canadian journal of public health = Revue canadienne de sante publique
If defining polypharmacy or polyherbacy is based simply on number of health products used, then for Canadians under age 80 neither practice appeared to be widespread. More work needs to be done to define the "poly" in polypharmacy and polyherbacy. This will inform the conversation on appropriate product use, particularly given that about one half o...
Clinical interventions in aging
The present study describes a case of laxative-induced rhabdomyolysis in an elderly patient. An 87-year-old woman was hospitalized for the onset of confusion, tremors, an inability to walk, and a fever that she had been experiencing for 36 hours. She often took high dosages of lactulose and sorbitol syrup as a laxative (about 70 g/day). During her ...
Forensic science review
Over-the-counter drugs are medications that are available without the requirement of a prescription. They are considered relatively safe and well-tolerated when taken in accordance with the dosing instructions on the package label. However, when taken alone or in combination with other drugs, they possess pharmacological properties that have the po...