Dr Oz: Over-The-Counter Medications + Store Vs Name Brand

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Dr Oz: Osmotic Laxative For Constipation

Dr Oz wanted to share some of the best over-the-counter solutions for the most common health complaints. Joan shared the first complaint, which was constipation. Dr Oz welcomed pharmacist Stephanie from Walmart, who said that she would start with an osmotic laxative, which is good for occasional constipation. She explained that it works by pulling water into the bowels to help soften the stool.

Dr Oz: Over-The-Counter Medications + Store Vs Name Brand

Dr Oz shared what over-the-counter medications you can use for various problems and explained the difference between store brand and name brand products. (GorillaAttack / Shutterstock.com)

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Dr Oz said to imagine a hard sponge as your stool. You want to draw water into soften it, like a sponge when put into water. If you take an osmotic laxative, you’ll generally produce a bowel movement within one to three days. Simply mix a cap-full with 48 ounces of any beverage once a day. Joan tasted it and said it hardly had a taste.

Dr Oz: Antihistamine For Allergies

Bonnie then shared that she struggles with allergies. Dr Oz suggested she try an antihistamine like cetirizine. She said you can use it once daily to prevent symptoms and one tablet will last you up to 24 hours. Dr Oz said sometimes they can cause drowsiness, so Bonnie should be careful and see how her body reacts to it before getting behind the wheel.

Dr Oz: Ibuprofen For Aches & Pains

Next, Dr Oz talked to Irene, who struggled with aches and pains because she doesn’t drive and teaches kindergarten. She said she’s tried yoga and stretching. Stephanie suggested Irene start with ibuprofen, which can temporarily relieve minor aches and pains and also temporarily reduce a fever. She said it’s important to talk to a health care professional if you have any questions before you use it.

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Dr Oz: Store Brand Versus Name Brand

Dr Oz then wanted Stephanie to explain the difference between a generic or store brand product versus a name brand product. Stephanie said store brand products are regulated by the FDA just like brand name products and contain the same active ingredient. They are held to the same quality standards as name brand. The great thing is that you can save up to 50% by buying a store brand versus name brand.

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