What medicine labels mean
Companies come up with all sorts of terms to sell their products, but when it comes to over-the-counter medicine — you might want to pay attention to what’s written on the label.
On Tuesday during the FOX8 9:00 Morning News, consumer reporter Melissa Painter will explain what each term means.
Here’s some of what she’ll discuss:
- Extra Strength — That means you’re getting an extra dose of the active ingredient. In a product like Gas-X, the extra strength version has 56 percent more of the active ingredient. Be careful that you don’t exceed the daily recommended dosage because it’s easy to do with these products.
- Long-Acting — The drug is made in a way so that it’s released into your body over time. We see this a lot in cold medicines and that helps, but be careful that you follow the recommendations on when you take it. You don’t want to accidentally double up.
- Dual-Action — These drugs typically have two active ingredients, so be careful that you don’t take an extra drug that you really don’t need.
- Ultra Strength/Maximum Strength – That’s basically the same as extra. There’s no set amount for the extra active ingredient or set definitions for these terms. Bottom line: Read the labels carefully and follow the instructions.