2017-09-27 12:22:02 UTC

Safe OTC Pain Medicine Use Resources Now Available in Spanish

Oct. 2, 2017

Continuing to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, AGA adds more Spanish resources to the patient education library.

AGA is reaching new communities with its public education campaign, Gut Check: Know Your Medicine, which now provides information and resources for Spanish-speaking patients.

Millions of Americans suffer from occasional and chronic pain and may be taking too much over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine. According to a survey conducted by AGA, 39 percent of adults acknowledge they have knowingly taken more than the recommended dose of OTC pain medicines, putting them at risk for serious gastrointestinal complications.

Hispanic-Americans are especially at risk for overdose complications – they are the largest consumers of OTCs, judging by their purchase patterns. Currently, Hispanics spend 34 percent more on OTC pain medicines per year than non-Hispanics, potentially putting them at increased risk for overdose (Nielsen, 2015).

In an effort to support the health and wellbeing of the Hispanic community on this topic, AGA is working collaboratively with Nelson Garcia, Jr., MD, AGAF, of GastroHealth in Miami, FL, to educate Spanish-speaking patients who use OTC pain medicines on how to do so safely.

To download the Spanish-language infographic, FAQ and press release, visit http://gutcheckfacts.org/informacion-en-espanol.

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