Stiftung Warentest: many over-the-counter medications only "inappropriate"

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The Stiftung Warentest tested 2,000 drugs – about 500 were not recommended. These include agents such as Wick MediNait, Aspirin Complex or Thomapyrin.

In Germany, around 100,000 medicines are currently approved on the market, many of which are only available on prescription, the rest being available over the counter.

The Stiftung Warentest has tested 2,000 over-the-counter drugs – and has become one of the best shocking result: About 500 drugs, or a quarter of tested agents, were deemed "inappropriate" by the experts of the consumer portal.

Stiftung Warentest: OTC drugs are often below average

The Stiftung Warentest judges so much over the counter drugs "unsuitable"because he claims to perform tests different from those of the regulators". Therefore, manufacturers' efficacy studies meet the requirements of Pharmaceutical experts of the Stiftung Warentest no. "Trials are often too short," said Gerd Glaeske, pharmacist and independent expert of Stiftung Warentest. "Side effects, which often occur after prolonged ingestion, can not be recognized."

In our overview you will find some over-the-counter medications, which were considered by the experts of the Stiftung Warentest as "inappropriate".

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Stiftung Warentest: cold medicine with an "improper" judgment

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Doregrippin tablets

It is not a sensible combination of an analgesic and a stimulant that is distributed throughout the body and should also swell the nasal mucosa.

Grippostad C capsules

Not significant association, inter alia, with a painkiller and a tired antihistamine, which is distributed throughout the body and should also swell the nasal mucosa.

WICK DayMed Kombi cold drink

Not significant combination, among others, of a pain, a cough and a stimulant, which is distributed by the blood throughout the body and which should also swell the nasal mucosa.

WICK DayMed cold capsules

Not significant combination of pain, cough and a stimulant, which is distributed through the blood throughout the body and should also swell the nasal mucosa.

WICK MediNait cold syrup for the night

It is not a sensible combination of pain, cough and a soothing and stimulating agent, which is distributed throughout the body and should also swell the nasal mucosa. Contains alcohol.

Complex of aspirin in granules

It is not a sensible combination of an analgesic and a stimulant, which spreads over the blood throughout the body and should also swell the nasal mucosa.

Stiftung Warentest: remedies for sore throat with an "inappropriate" judgment

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Dolo-Dobendan lozenges

Not significant combination. Antiseptics such as cetylpyridinium chloride are only incomplete or even ineffective against viruses. Bacteria in the deeper layers of the mucosa are not affected. Locally anesthetic and therefore pain relieving benzocaine can easily cause allergies.

Dobendan direct pellet spraying solution

The therapeutic efficacy of the analgesic content is not sufficiently demonstrated, even in comparison with oral analgesics. The agent can damage the oral mucosa.

Dorithricin Crepe Pills

Not significant combination. Antiseptics such as benzalkonium chloride are only incomplete or even ineffective against viruses. The tyrothricin antibiotic only acts superficially and does not reach the bacteria in the deeper layers of the tissues. The Benzocain pain reliever can easily cause allergies.

Lemocin lozenges

Not significant combination. Antiseptics such as Cetrimonium bromid are only incomplete or ineffective against viruses. The tyrothricin antibiotic only acts superficially and does not reach the bacteria in the deeper layers of the tissues.

neo-anginal throat tablets

Not significant combination. Antiseptics such as dichlorbenzylakohol and amyl metacresol are only incomplete or ineffective against viruses. Bacteria in the deeper layers of the mucosa are not affected. The throat spray contains alcohol.

Stiftung Warentest: remedies for constipation whose judgment is "unsuitable"

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SN Abbey Discharge Capsules

Castor oil acts more drastically as a proper agent and can more often trigger side effects.

Chol Ballets Mono Tablets

Aloe has a more important and irritating effect on the bowel than proper remedies and can cause more common side effects.

Double heart laxative capsules

Castor oil acts more drastically as a proper agent and can more often trigger side effects.

Kräuterlax

Aloe has a more important and irritating effect on the bowel than proper remedies and can cause more common side effects.

Obstinol M

Paraffin is considered an obsolete laxative because of its possible undesirable side effects. In some cases, ingestion can result in thick paraffin deposits in the lungs.

Stiftung Warentest: remedies against diarrhea with an "inappropriate" judgment

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Colina

The therapeutic efficacy has not been sufficiently demonstrated, the use recommended at most.

Tannacomp Tablets

The therapeutic efficacy has not been sufficiently demonstrated. Both ingredients can easily trigger allergies.

Uzara tablets / juice / solution

The remedy is intended to resolve intestinal cramps, but the therapeutic efficacy has not been sufficiently demonstrated. The solution contains alcohol.

Stiftung Warentest: remedies for heartburn with an "inappropriate" judgment

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Suspension Gaviscon Advance Peppermint

That combination works better than individual components is not sufficiently proven. Potassium bicarbonate can even cause stomach upset and increase potassium levels in the blood.

Retterspitz water inside (medical device)

Insensitive combination against stomach burns and irritable stomach. The therapeutic efficacy has not been sufficiently demonstrated.

Stiftung Warentest: remedies for pain with an "improper" judgment

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Double gap Compact

Inappropriate combination of a pain killer with caffeine. The latter animates, which can lead to taking the remedy too often and for too long. Then the risk of side effects increases.

Neuralgin

The combination of ASA and paracetamol does not provide any additional therapeutic benefit, but involves the risk of different adverse effects of the two analgesics. Caffeine can promote abuse.

Fractional analgesics

The combination of ASA and paracetamol does not provide any additional therapeutic benefit, but involves the risk of different adverse effects of the two analgesics.

Thomapyrin Classic

The combination of ASA and paracetamol does not provide any additional therapeutic benefit, but involves the risk of different adverse effects of the two analgesics. Caffeine can promote abuse.

Titralgan

The combination of ASA and paracetamol does not provide any additional therapeutic benefit, but involves the risk of different adverse effects of the two analgesics. Caffeine can promote abuse.

Vivimed with caffeine

Inappropriate combination of a pain killer with caffeine. The latter animates, which can lead to taking the remedy too often and for too long. Then the risk of side effects increases.

Other drugs with the judgment "not appropriate" and alternatives can be found on the site of Stiftung Warentest.

Also interesting: Stiftung Warentest tests analgesics: paracetamol, ibuprofen and others in comparison.

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