I survived my doctor’s appointment with little concern for my safety. After explaining my long-term relationship with my decongestant eye drops, my doctor was very understanding and said that many people have no idea about how much they can be affected by over-the-counter medication. A friend of mine who is a nurse uttered the same sentiments.
While my post today may seem like a public service announcement, it is more of a message to all of you to be selective about the medication you purchase without a prescription and to ask the Pharmacist questions about how these easy-to-access medications could be potentially harmful to your health, especially if you are on prescription drugs.
The more I researched the side effects of my eye drops the more shocked I became. Not only were the active ingredients in those drops enough to counteract my BP medication, they could also increase my blood pressure on their own. And if the drops themselves weren’t bad enough, the way I had been putting them into the corner of my eye made them a bigger problem because they went directly into my tear ducts and straight into my bloodstream.
I will gracefully step down from my soapbox now with the hope that you will take a few moments to look at the chemicals in any over-the-counter medications you may have in your medicine cabinet and make sure they are the best choices for you to be taking. Better to be safe than sorry.