OTC Medicines Corner

Back to articles

OTC products are commonly misused by older adults


OTC product use in older adults can be harmful. Results of a small study of patient interviews of participants aged 65 years or older showed that 95% misuse these products, and OTC misuse can result in drug–drug, drug–disease, and drug–age interactions.


Stone JA, et al. A preliminary examination of over-the-counter medication misuse rates in older adults. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2017;13(1):187–92.