Teaching Your Teens About the Safety of OTC Medications

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As if being a child and a teenager isn’t hard enough in its own right, there are a ton of other outside factors that they have to worry about and be educated on as well. As a parent, this means that your job is truly never-ending. From the moment that your child is born, to well throughout their adult life, you will be right along beside them educating them, molding them and helping them know that you are their biggest supporter and fan.

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When it comes time to have the serious conversations about over-the-counter (OTC) medications and how to properly use them, it’s important that you yourself, as the parent is properly educated about the safety as well.

How to Educate Yourself to Talk to Your Child About the Safety of OTC Medications

Having conversations about safety with your child isn’t always the easiest. Before talking to your children about the importance of being safe when using over-the-counter medication, it’s first important that you take the time to educate yourself as well.

  • Doing your own research on over-the-counter medicine in an absolute must.

Before talking to your child, you need to do your own research first.


Did you know that there is an ingredient, loperamide, that is found in many over-the-counter (OTC) diarrhea relief products? While you may be thinking that your child doesn’t actively use any type of diarrhea product, the trend that is happening is that teens have been using the product solely because it includes loperamide.

Loperamide has been shown that when taken in certain doses, it can cause the body to mimic the effects of an opioid. There are teens that have actively started taking OTC diarrhea products to try and get that “high” feeling.


  • Educating yourself so that you can educate your child with facts regarding OTC medication is important. 

Did you know that many OTC medication diarrhea medicines may not actually stop the symptoms, but rather just work on relieving some of them? It’s important information to know because many people (children especially) think that medication will stop and treat everything will ease.

With over 70% of travelers suffering from diarrhea (or symptoms of it) and on average, children having 5 times per year where they also battle diarrhea, the most common way to get rid of the symptoms is to actually take an OTC medicine.

  • Ingredient Loperamide

Keep in mind that the active ingredient Loperamide can be safe to use if that use stays within the recommended dose on the medicine box. The problem of misuse is when that dosage is disregarded and more is taken than recommended. The FDA has stepped in and is asking stores to stop selling and carrying OTC products that sell a large count loperamide products. More information about the safety of this ingredient can be read HERE.

While discussing the topic of medication safety with your teen, here are some other tips that they need to know as well:

  • It’s never ever okay to share or take anyone else’s medication.
  • If medication is necessary, make certain to read the dosage information carefully.
  • If you are unsure of what medication to take, contact a licensed professional who can help.

These tips are important to talk to your teen about! When it comes to the safety of OTC medicine, you can never be too careful!

Take the time to familiarize yourself with common over-the-counter medicines and their ingredients. As a parent, the best way to prepare your child for their own future independence is to talk to them about important safety topics now!

Disclosure: I am not a doctor. For further information regarding the use and side effects of Loperamide, it’s always a good idea to consult with your physician. Any information on this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

About Winona Rogers

Winona Rogers is the author of Life Family & Fun a national blog focusing on parenting, easy recipes, Home & DIY, Lifestyle, Family Fun and Travel. Her site was nominated as the Top 10 Parenting Blogs in Atlanta, Top Disney Blog, Family Travel Expert and has been featured in media on 11Alive Atlanta & Company. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family and cook. Winona and her husband have four children and five grandchildren living in Atlanta, Georgia.


  1. Maureen says


    It seems now more than ever it is so important to educate our teens (and even preteens) on the proper use of OTC meds. What may seem like an innocent OTC remedy to cure what ails us can, when misused, do far more harm than good! Being proactive about awareness is always a good idea!

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