Hazards of nonprescription medications

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1994 May;12(2):483-510.


There are hundreds of nonprescription medications available to the consumer. Among these are a number that have potential for toxicity when taken in overdoses or in combination with other medications. This article addresses the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of selected over-the-counter medication intoxications including antihistamines, dextromethorphan, sympathomimetics, nutritional supplements, and herbal preparations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dextromethorphan / poisoning
  • Food, Fortified / poisoning
  • Histamine Antagonists / poisoning
  • Humans
  • Magnoliopsida
  • Nonprescription Drugs / poisoning*
  • Sympathomimetics / poisoning
  • Vitamins / poisoning


  • Histamine Antagonists
  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • Sympathomimetics
  • Vitamins
  • Dextromethorphan