Reading the label for the Drug Facts is an important part of using non-prescription over-the-counter medicines safely. Here is an Overview of how to read the Drug Facts.
Active Ingredient: Therapeutic substance in product; amount of active ingredient per unit.
Purpose: Product action or category (such as an antihistamine, antacid, or cough suppressant). All Homeopathic medicines have Drug Facts and can make health claims unlike Herbs and Supplements.
Uses: Symptoms or diseases the product will treat or prevent
Warnings: When not to use the product; conditions that may require advice from a doctor before taking the product; possible interactions or side effects; when to stop taking the product and when to contact a doctor; if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, seek guidance from a health care professional; keep product out of children’s reach
Directions: Specific age categories, how much to take, how to take, and how often and how long to take
Other information: How to store the product properly and required information about certain ingredients (such as the amount of calcium, potassium, or sodium the product contains)
Inactive Ingredients: Substances such as colors or flavors
Source: FDA.gov, Meds From Nature
The staff at Meds From Nature has completed the extensive online training programs with Carlson Labs (Carlson University) Hyland's (Hyland's Homeopathic University) and Boiron (Homeopathic Medicines).