]The Alliance for Aging Research has developed the following information on safe medicine use, storage, and unwanted medications disposal. These videos and other safety information is available on their website at www.agingresearch.org/SafeMeds
OTC Pain Medication: What You Need to Know
Tens of millions of Americans reach for over-the-counter (OTC) medications for relief of minor aches and pains. But just because they’re OTC doesn’t mean they’re harmless. And with more than 1,000 acetaminophen and NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) containing medications, choosing the right medication can seem overwhelming. This short film will guide viewers in choosing the medication that’s right for them or their loved one, and give tips on taking them safely.
Safely Taking and Storing OTC Pain Medication
After choosing an over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, it’s important to take it and store it safely. This film gives tips on where to store meds, how to keep them Up and Away and Out of Sight of young children, how to prevent misuse, and what to do when they’re no longer needed.
Additional resources on safely choosing, taking, storing, and disposing of medications—including a quiz, useful links and other helpful short videos — are available at www.agingresearch.org/SafeMeds.
NSAID Pain Medication and Acute Kidney Injury
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly taken OTC to treat pain. However, these drugs can damage the kidneys, leading to acute kidney injury and compromising kidney transplants. Please watch this video developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explaining how NSAIDs can harm patients’ kidneys