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People ages 60 and older make up nearly 17 percent of the population, but use more than 30 percent of all over-the-counter (OTC) medicines bought in the United States. This population uses more prescription and OTC medicines than any other age group in the United States. It is more important than ever that this age group knows how to safely and appropriately use OTCs.

All seniors and those who help care for them should talk to a doctor about both prescription and OTC medicines. You also can learn more about safely using OTC medications from the resources provided here at OTCsafety.org, including helpful tips and downloadable materials to share with your family or caregivers.

We’ve added a new feature to help people find information and tips about specific OTC medicines. Users can now search by treatment or active ingredient to find information on anything from allergy medicines to pain relievers and fever reducers. Explore the OTC Treatments and Active Ingredients tabs at the top of this page to learn more. 


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