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Over-the-counter (OTC) drug labels contain information about ingredients, uses, warnings and directions that is important to read and understand. The label also includes important information about possible drug interactions. Further, drug labels may change as new information becomes known. That’s why it’s especially important to read the label every time you use a drug. The “Active Ingredients” and “Purpose” sections list: ■ the name and amount of each active ingredient ■ the purpose of each active ingredient The “Uses” section of the label: ■ tells you what the drug is used for ■ helps you find the best drug for your specific symptoms The “Warnings” section of the label provides important drug interaction and precaution information such as: ■ when to talk to a doctor or pharmacist before use ■ the medical conditions that may make the drug less effective or not safe ■ under what circumstances the drug should not be used ■ when to stop taking the drug The “Directions” section of the label tells you: ■ the length of time and the amount of the product that you may safely use ■ any special instructions on how to use the product The “Other Information” section of the label tells you: ■ required information about certain ingredients, such as sodium content, for people with dietary restrictions or allergies The “Inactive Ingredients” section of the label tells you: ■ the name of each inactive ingredient (such as colorings, binders, etc.) The “Questions?” or “Questions or Comments?” section of the label (if included): ■ provides telephone numbers of a source to answer questions about the product

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