The Global OTC Drugs Market

Over-the-Counter drugs are non-prescription drugs sold to consumers by convenience and grocery stores. Ever rising population of the world as well as high costs of prescription drugs combined with strained healthcare budgets and high, rising prevalence of the many conditions treated by OTC medications will drive market growth. This rapid growth has caught the attention of the pharmaceutical industry and there has been a particular focus in the pharmaceutical industry on OTC over the past decade.

From 2011 onwards, Rx-to-OTC switching and the continuing importance of emerging healthcare markets will drive sales in this sector. This various OTC industry reports will give details where future OTC switching and other advancement will occur, making you well worse with the information that you need to understand the current OTC market and its future prospects.

Revenue from the cough and cold preparations drugs accounted for 18% of the global OTC pharmaceuticals market’s value, while Europe comprises for 40% of the global OTC pharmaceuticals market’s value. Johnson and Johnson occupies for 12% of the global OTC pharmaceuticals market’s overall value. Pharmacies and drugstores form a leading distribution channel in the global OTC pharmaceuticals market, accounting for 67% of the total value.

This new Global OTC drugs market report will give insight on how this market will develop, and where the opportunities will lie. It shows how you can benefit from its developments and potential. That study examines all the prominent OTC drug segments, including Cough, cold and allergy medications, Analgesics, Gastrointestinal drugs, Smoking Cessation Products, Dermatological preparations, Diet Aids, Smoking-cessation aids, and Others including contraceptives, anti-obesity treatments, satins and erectile dysfunction treatments.

The key issues and trends explored in this study includes, Mergers and Acquisitions, Distribution and Safety Issues, Consumer Advertising and Promotion, Demographics, World Health and Life Expectancy Trends, Prescription vs. OTC Industry, Rx-to-OTC Switch Industry, Economic Trends, Health Insurance Issues and Trends, Consumer Issues and Trends, Regulatory Environment, and Access to Medicine.
This OTC company profiles will provide you with up-to-date information that you need to understand current trends and future directions of the companies.

In-depth competitive analysis of global OTC drugs market is also covered in the reports. The reports include worldwide information with special emphasis on the U.S., Japan, Germany, and other key markets. The reports provide examples of OTC drugs in each general region, segmented as follows: Asia pacific and Africa, Europe, North America and South America. The Global OTC Pharmaceutical Market examines that sector through a comprehensive review of information sources. The OTC market reports and profiles provide unique sales forecasts, market share analyses, and analyses of commercial drivers and restraints, including market analysis.

Can SSRI Drugs Aggravate The Problem They Are Supposed To Heal?

HAVE you ever found yourself eagerly rushing to a place to watch your favorite entertainment show only to be shocked at the huge crowd already there? Did the prospect of having to jostle in the crowd dampen your enthusiasm? And, having arrived there, you somehow manage to make your way and perch yourself in a position from where you can indeed enjoy the show? And, in little time, you are so well settled in the crowd that you have forgotten your initial shock and are actually enjoying every bit of the show?

The above may be a crude analogy, but your body system is quite like you. If it finds something unexpected, or something to which it is not accustomed, it reacts in a negative manner. And when it gets accustomed to the new situation, it forgets the initial inconvenience and plays ball. This applies to the presence of a new substance in your body system, such as a drug. The body initially revolts against the drug and then settles with it. This is even more applicable if the drug in question is an anti-depressant, i.e., a drug that intervenes in the processes of the delicate brain.

So, yes, when you start an anti-depression treatment with an internal medicine, your body system can initial feel uncomfortable and it reacts to this discomfort in a number of ways or what may be called ‘side-effects’.

Though SSRI drugs such as Lexapro, Celexa and others are quite safe in a majority of patients, they are nevertheless ‘intruders’ in your body system. Besides, these drugs take quite some time (two weeks in the case of Lexapro to six weeks or more in the case of older SSRIs) to begin their healing action. Given this time lapse and the mental condition of the patient, he or she often feels that the medication is not working. If the minor side-effects (such as dizziness, chills, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal problems, minor headache, etc) become particularly irritating, the patient may feel that the SSRI drug is indeed exerting unfavorable effects. This adds to the patient’s depressed state of mind and may be seen to be aggravating the ailment that the drug is supposed to heal.

How you should respond: You should first of all know that SSRI drugs are very safe and most of their side-effects are of ‘nuisance value’, i.e., they are not established to cause or compound any existing disorder, nor do they have any serious food or drug-drug interaction (except with other anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs).

Second, you should know that these minor side-effects usually disappear as treatment progresses and your body gets accustomed to the presence and unusual actions in the body as a result of the SSRI medication – just like the discomfort you initially felt at the crowded show but soon adjusted and actually enjoyed it.

Most important: It is most important you know that real aggravation can be caused if you abruptly discontinue treatment, or alter the prescribe dosage of an SSRI. While continuing with the prescribed treatment, you only have to keep your physician informed of the occurrence of the side-effects and follow the advice that comes.

Finally, not all side-effects of SSRI drugs can be dismissed as ‘minor’. The single side-effect that you must not ignore is the development of thoughts of self-harm or suicide. These side-effects are rare, but have been recorded in medical literature.

Gastrointestinal Drugs, Know the Danger of Drugs – Part 1

Gastrointestinal Drugs – Part 1

Considering the average diet of most Americans, it is no wonder the country is prone to stomach chaos, indigestion woes, gas attacks and ulcer pains. Doctors suggest healthier changes in diet for better gastrointestinal performance, but instead of giving up bad habits, the majority of people continue to give their stomachs good reason for upset. Rather than choosing good nutrition, they depend on gastrointestinal drugs to calm their troubled insides only to continue taking poor dietary choices. It is an endless cycle plagued with a plethora of potential problems from unpleasant side effects to irreversible damage to one of the body’s most vital systems. Gastrointestinal drugs – such as antacids and anti-flatulents, laxatives, stomach acid blockers and ulcer drugs – may help the junk addict rationalize a substandard diet, but the body is not so easily fooled by these chemical dangers.

Antacids and Antiflatulents (Anti-gas)

An antacid is a common follow-up to a disagreeable meal, carelessly consumed as if it were a mere after dinner mint. However, the contents of antacids deserve cautious consideration. Many antacids feature aluminum hydroxide, an ingredient used to treat stomach acid and other antacids contain a combination of aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide and simethicone. Unfortunately, aluminum can cause bone damage, and the magnesium found in antacids can cause severe diarrhea. Doctors strongly discourage older adults with severe kidney disease from using magnesium antacids. Other adverse side effects caused by antacids ingredients include painful urination, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, mental changes, muscle weakness, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps.

Not only found in antacids, the combination of magnesium hydroxide, aluminum hydroxide and simethicone is also taken as an antiflatulent (anti-gas) drug. But, according to physicians, there is no evidence that simethicone alone or combined with other ingredients effectively treats excess gas. In fact, physicians believe that treating excess gas is by and large a futile process. Suffers from excess gas may actually have a bloated feeling from overeating or discomfort from eating the wrong food. In this case, no anti-gas drug will help because the problem has nothing to do with gas. In general, the passing of gas is no cause for medical concern, but rather, a cause to improve diet.


Every year, Americans spend $725 million on laxatives (constipation 1). As with antacids and antiflatulents, many people take laxatives far more frequently than necessary. This is dangerous for several reasons. First, laxatives can cause lasting damage to the intestines and can interfere with the body’s use of nutrients. Second, they can be habit forming. Of taken for long periods, they inhibit the body’s natural ability to digest food properly, causing consumer dependency. The unpleasant side effects are numerous and scientists are continually discovering additional causes for concern. For example, the laxative ingredient danthron was recently recalled in the United States because of its cancer-causing possibilities. According to physicians, laxatives should not be used to “clean out the system” or to promote intestinal regularity, a process the body generally controls naturally.

Unfortunately, even those with healthy diets are not immune to occasional constipation. Although it may be bothersome, according to physicians, constipation itself usually is not serious. For most people, dietary and lifestyle improvements can lessen the chances of constipation. A well-balanced diet that includes fiber-rich foods, such as unprocessed bran, whole-grain breads and fresh fruits and vegetables, is recommended. Drinking plenty of fluids and exercising regularly also help to stimulate intestinal activity.