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Over-the-Counter Health Horrors

Updated on January 25, 2015

Drugstore Legals


Over-the Counter Drugs are Not Danger-Proof

The most mind-boggling question is: why do they illegalize marijuana the world’s finest painkiller and cancer-combater amongst many other things, and sell over-the-counter products with side effects that cause pain, stroke, allergies and even death?

This article will reflect on two experiences evolving drugstore items that caused minor to major side-effects: Bayer baby aspirin and Ben Gay pain reliever cream.

Side effects: undesirable allergic reactions or worsening of existing conditions whether it be a toxic substance in food, oral or topical medications.

Ben Gay

For twenty five years I’ve never used an aspirin and relied souly on herbal remedies and never had a side-effect until I tore a tendon in my shoulder and the neighbor gave me Ben Gay. It soothed the pain very well until the fifth day. There are no instructions warning you not to use it more than three times a day. On that fifth day, midnight both my knees were overwhelmingly struck with severe pain that shook them. I’ve never broken any bones or had any health issues. The pain seemed to hit me like rockets out of nowhere. I researched online about Ben Gay and the ingredients listed:

  • Camphor
  • Menthol
  • Methyl salcylate
  • Carbomer (is a synthetic acrylic polymer otherwise known as "plastic")
  • Edetate disodium (allergic reactions: hives; difficulty breathing; swellings: face, lips, tongue, or throat)
  • Glceryl stearate se (derived from Stearic acid). May cause allergic reaction.
  • Lanolin
  • Polysorbate 80 S.E.:(blood clots, stroke, heart attack and heart failure,death)
  • Potassium hydroxide (Caustic potash, lye) Thickening agent. S.E.: diarrhea, abdominal pain, burning of the mouth and a drop in blood pressure
  • Purified water
  • Stearic acid (binder, emulsifying agent)
  • Trolamine

I found in the Ultra-strength there is a Polysorbate 80 which is used as a stabilizer. Along with the frightening after-effects of that I found an article about a teenage girl who died from using Ben Gay and Tiger balm.

To add to this shocking news, polysorbate is in our food such as: ice cream, whipping cream, condiments, shortening, and others please read labels. It causes not only familiar allergic reactions but even:

  • Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke!

Baby Aspirin

The second observation I’ve experienced was the foul body sweat that comes from "baby aspirin". Just a "friendly" aspirin they give to children by Bayer Company. I also took this in desperation of my shoulder pain. Every time I sweat during the muggy days I had an unbearable toxic smell coming from my sweat glands. This told me that even a seemingly harmless aspirin for babies and children is highly toxic. I stopped taking it and after two or three days the smell vanished.

My remedy for the knee pain (or any shearing pain)

I’ve remedied my knee pain with cayenne pepper tincture. Usually you take it orally in water, but I administered the drops onto my knees and rubbed it in. It took about twenty minutes or so and the shearing pain disappeared in both knees. You can make it yourself or just buy the tincture if you don't wish to be bothered.*You can also use this tincture for deep cuts, it takes the pain away in less than two minutes and stops bleeding! How do I know? I've used it over and over for this reason, and not just on myself.

Risks of Over-the Counter Drugs

Nyquil *Acetaminphen

Demonstrated right on the label of the Nyquil bottle are warnings of severe liver damage and sore throat because of an ingredient called "acetaminophen". Note that this drug is also present in Tylenol. The body warns you not to take Nyquil with another drug containing acetaminophen (pain-reliever, fever-reducer).

"Acetaminophen consumption is especially risky for individuals who regularly consume excess amounts of alcohol as they can develop liver toxicity at lower levels of acetaminophen intake."

Would you Harm Yourself To Heal Yourself?

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Nyquil; Safe? Useful?

Nyquil will not strengthen the immune system, heal your virus or flu it will only temporarily treat symptoms.

One way it works is with the ingredient Dextromethorphan. It tricks your brain into lowering your urge to cough. Is there a real logical need to affect the brain in this way?

Side effects of this drug alone:

  • Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and allergic reactions
  • Hot flashes, dizziness, and bad trips
  • Psychotic breaks (high dose use)
  • Poisoning from Bromide Ions (Bromism)
  • Psychological addiction and depression (from regular use)
  • Poisoning from Bromide Ions.
  • Irreversible brain damage (from chronic use at high doses)

Doxylamine in Nyquil

"I have taken DS for insomnia in the past, but only sparingly, because I found it made my depression worse the next day".

A blocking of acetylcholine?



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    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 2 years ago from Ljubljana

      Thanks for all the info. I believe the main problem in the health business area is lack of concern among consumers. We have to understand reading the labels and researching the effects of ingredients is our responsibility too. Articles like this one will definitely help!

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      jacqklin 3 years ago from ITALY

      Thank you, let me know.:)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Nyquil and Ben Gay are two products I avoid. They are so toxic. I am going to try your tincture suggestion for knee pain. Great post.

    • jacqklin profile image

      jacqklin 4 years ago from ITALY

      Thank you Carrie for this information. It makes it even more frightening to put out any medication that poses side effects when death could be an unexpected outcome for ...the people of rush and roulette.

    • carrie Lee Night profile image

      Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

      Jacqklin: Thank you for writing this engaging article that informs consumers and gives the brain a slap :) I have worked in the medical field for about ten years and I can tell you that most medications run the risks of side effects. The key to remember is everyone's body chemisty is different and it is impossible to tell when a medication will cause an adverse reaction. Even marajuna or other natural remedies are not an exception. Thanks again and I wish for you great health and well being :) Remember to get plenty of exercise if allowed by the docs :)