“Normal aging changes the speed and ways in which the body metabolizes, responds to diseases, and may necessitate the taking of more than one drug at a time,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “For these reasons, the elderly may be more likely than others to experience side effects or drug interactions. Often, prescription drug labels specify whether different doses are needed depending upon ones age, but such information is rarely included on over-the-counter (OTC) drug labels.”
Senator Hannon is hosting a special presentation, “The ABCs of OTCs,” on Thursday, March 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. at VFW Post #2718 (68 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square). At this presentation, a pharmacist will discuss information about the effects of OTCs, including their effects and possible interactions. This will be followed by a question and answer session.
Many OTC drugs are potentially hazardous, and the risk increases when drugs are taken regularly at the maximum dose. Other times, drug-drug interactions occur when a drug interacts, or interferes, with another drug. This can alter the way one or both of the drugs act in the body, or cause unexpected side effects. The drugs involved can be prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines and even vitamins and herbal products.
Reservations for this event are required and can be made by contacting Senator Hannon’s Community Office at 516-739-1700.