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Letters Dependence on OTC drugs

Over the counter drugs can be highly addictive

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:917
  1. Chris Ford, general practitioner,
  2. Beth Good, Y2 doctor
  1. Lonsdale Medical Centre, London NW6 6RR

    The development of dependency on over the counter (OTC) drugs is often forgotten.1 In the past three months we have seen three patients with addictions to Nurofen plus (ibuprofen and codeine phosphate). All three had started using the product for its approved indications, but their use had …

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