When it comes to buying over the counter medicine, it's cheaper to buy the generic version. But are you paying less and getting less information on the product?
It's what you don't know that can hurt you, right? So why are some warning labels for over the counter generic drugs not kept up to date?
Name brand products like Tylenol do the research for possible side effects and change their warning labels immediately, but generic or store brand drugs don't follow the same standards.
" There are no FDA guidelines as far as time frame is concerned for generic drugs to put their warning labels," said pharmacist Judi Henneke.
Which means if a new risk or side effect is discovered, that information may not be included on the generic warning label.
" I was not aware of that. Maybe I should read labels more often and read them carefully," said Bryan resident, Carla Davis.
People with medical conditions like high blood pressure and allergies need to pay close attention to warning labels so they don't aggravate their condition.
" Like with any drugs, it's always advisable if you have a chronic condition, check with your health care provider, the doctor, the pharmacist, the nurse," said Henneke.
Many generic brand companies do put new warning labels on their bottles in a timely manner, but if you're in doubt, the best thing to do is compare name brand and generic labels side by side.