Welcome to the WebMD Mobile Meds 411 tool!
This tool is designed to help you make a more informed decision when choosing an over-the-counter medication. to start.

1. What is your age?

1. What is your age?

The WebMD Mobile Meds 411 tool is for people 18 and older. Please speak to your doctor about which medications are safe and appropriate for your age and situation.
If you are a woman who is pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast feeding, it is important to check with your doctor before taking any medication.
As we age, the way our body metabolizes medication changes, which may change the way your medication works. Check with your doctor before taking any medication to be sure your kidneys and liver are functioning normally and other medications won't potentially interfere with each other and cause adverse drug effects.

2. Find "Active Ingredients" and "Inactive Ingredients" on the label. Are you allergic to any of those ingredients?

2. Find "Active Ingredients" and "Inactive Ingredients" on the label. Are you allergic to any of those ingredients?

Active ingredients refer to ingredients that relieve your symptoms. Inactive ingredients do nothing for symptoms and are instead used to flavor, color, or preserve the medication. Because you are allergic to ingredients in this medication, do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor.
Active ingredients refer to ingredients that relieve your symptoms. Inactive ingredients do nothing for symptoms and are instead used to flavor, color, or preserve the medication. Those with food allergies may be especially sensitive to some inactive ingredients.
Active ingredients refer to ingredients that relieve your symptoms. Inactive ingredients do nothing for symptoms and are instead used to flavor, color, or preserve the medication. Because you are unsure if you are allergic to ingredients in this medication, do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

3. Are you taking another product that has any of the same active ingredients?

3. Are you taking another product that has any of the same active ingredients?

Taking more than the recommended amount of the active ingredient can be dangerous. Because you are taking another medication with the same active ingredient found in this medication, do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor. If you suspect an overdose call your local poison control center or ER immediately.
It is important to be aware of the active ingredients in all of your medications. By taking two or more medications with the same active ingredient, you risk exceeding the recommended dose, which can lead to serious side effects.
Taking more than the recommended amount of the active ingredient can be dangerous. Because you are unsure if you are taking another medication with the same active ingredient found in this medication, do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist. If you suspect an overdose call your local poison control center or ER immediately.

4. Find "Do not use" and "Ask a doctor before use if you have" on the label. Do you have any of those conditions?

4. Find "Do not use" and "Ask a doctor before use if you have" on the label. Do you have any of those conditions?

Some ingredients can have an adverse effect on those suffering from certain medical conditions. Because you have one of the conditions found on the label, do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor.
Some ingredients can have an adverse effect on those suffering from certain medical conditions. It is important to get regular checkups and proper management for any medical conditions you may have.
Some ingredients can have an adverse effect on those suffering from certain medical conditions. Because you are unsure if you have any of the conditions found on the label, do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

5. Are you taking any other medications or supplements?

5. Are you taking any other medications or supplements?

Other medications, including prescriptions, natural products, herbs, and vitamins or supplements, have the potential to interact with over-the-counter medications. Because you are taking other medications and/or supplements, before taking this medication check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting to ensure there are no interactions between them.
Other medications, including prescriptions, natural products, herbs, and vitamins or supplements, have the potential to interact with over-the-counter medications. Be sure you always know the names of your medications and supplements before considering taking any new medication.
Other medications, including prescriptions, natural products, herbs, and vitamins or supplements, have the potential to interact with over-the-counter medications. Because you are unsure if you are taking any other medications or supplements, before taking this medication check with your doctor or pharmacists to get a full list of your medications and ensure there are no interactions between them.

6. Do you still have concerns about taking the medication?

6. Do you still have concerns about taking the medication?

Because you are still concerned about taking this medication, talk to your doctor or pharmacist to address these concerns.
Congratulations on taking an active role in your health and safety. We hope these questions have helped you make an informed decision.
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Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on September 09, 2011

SOURCES:
FDA: “Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults.”
FDA: “As You Age: You and Your Medicines.”
American Pharmaceutical Association: "Food and Drug Interactions."
FDA: "FDA 101: Medication Errors."
FDA: “Checklist for Choosing an OTC Medicine for Adult.”
FamilyDoctor.org: “Getting the Most from Your OTC Medication.”
FDA: “OTC Drug Facts Label.”
FDA: “A Guide to Drug Safety Terms at FDA.” 

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