Top 4 Over-the-counter Drugs That Are Not Safe To Buy Online

Date: 23rd June 2016
Category: General

The fact that there are so many online pharmacies today is a clear indication that the pharmaceutical industry is ever growing. It is in fact, the only industry in the world that never makes a loss. That is a good thing because it means one is guaranteed easy access to drugs. But it can also be a bad thing because access to some drugs may spell doom. So with that in mind, think twice before buying the following drugs from your favorite online pharmacy.


Popularly referred to as Ether, it is one of the most effective anesthetics. Unfortunately, it has long history of recreational use especially among young people. It was extremely popular in the nineteenth century in the United States, Australia, Norway, France and Russia. It is easy to understand why. First off, ether’s effect was similar to the one alcohol exudes. Then there is the fact that it was cheaper and that it allowed one to sober up quickly. The drug has since been banned in the United States and Australia. There are however uncouth online pharmacies that still sell ether.

Dextromethorphan (Robitussin)

It is also referred to as DXM. It was first used to suppress cough and an alternative to Codeine which was later declared as dangerous and addictive. It of course, succeeded as DXM’s non addictive alternative as it could be used by both children and adults without any problem. Unfortunately a slight overdose of DXM is known to cause disorientation, hallucinations and decreased sexual functioning. The drug is still very much in use in several countries around the world. It can in fact be bought as an over-the-counter drug in Europe and the United States.


Doxylamine, which is also known as Unisom, is one of the most effective antihistamines today. It is used to treat allergies as well as insomnia because of its sedative qualities. It can also be used as an analgesic when mixed with Codeine. Unfortunately, it is also one of the easiest drugs to access. It hasn’t been banned anywhere on earth for the simple reason that it does not come along with side effects when used properly.  Teens looking for cheap high abuse the drug and in the process, give it a bad name. The drug can be quite dangerous when overdosed and result to seizures, occasional comas and prolonged agitation.



There is something strange about Tramadol that can easily puzzle anyone from a non-pharmaceutical background. First off, it is not an opioid. It however, affects the brain pretty much the same way opioids do. Its composition makes it act as an opioid, making it a reliable analgesic. Recovering addicts happen to be among people who abuse Tramadol the most. Like all the aforementioned drugs, Tramadol can be bought both online and offline. It has also not been banned anywhere, which means anyone can buy and use or abuse it.

What you should know

Never buy any over-the-counter drug and use it without your physician’s approval. Unless you are buying simple pain relievers like aspirin, make a point to seek medical advice. Be extra careful too if you are expectant as some drugs may end up affecting your unborn child.

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