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AGA campaign aims to educate patients on GI risks of OTC pain meds

AGA campaign aims to educate patients on GI risks of OTC pain meds
November 17, 2017

The American Gastroenterological Association created the Gut Check: Know Your Medicine campaign to help educate patients on how to safely use over-the-counter pain medication and avoid the health risks associated with them, according to a recent brief put forth by the organization.

“Patients often look for fast, simple solutions when it comes to their pain management and may be overlooking important health risks associated with taking too much over-the-counter pain medicine,” Charles M. Wilcox, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and chair of the Gut Check: Know Your Medicine campaign told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. “The harsh reality is, many of the side effects of taking too much over-the-counter pain medicine — stomach bleeding, ulcers, and damage to the intestines — could have easily been prevented had patients followed the medicine label and not exceeded the recommended dose.”

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