Study: Many Americans Don't Consider Important Info When Choosing OTC Pain Relievers


A recent survey has found many Americans do not consider important factors when selecting an over-the-counter pain reliever.

The survey conducted by the U.S. Pain Foundation, with support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, has found that while nearly all consumers (97 percent) say they feel confident when choosing which OTC pain reliever to take, many disregard important safety factors that medical professionals say are critical to choosing a pain reliever that is the most appropriate for their health profile.

The survey found 45 percent did not consider the prescription medications they were taking and more than half (58 percent) said they do not consider pre-existing health conditions.

The study has also found that consumers place the most value on how effectively and quickly the medicine will relieve their pain.

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