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A pharmacist licensed in three different states names the five drugs you shouldn’t buy at Dollar Tree. He also gives his opinion on which drugs are worth buying. Will you follow his advice?

TikTok user Grant Harting (@grant_harting) says he is a pharmacist licensed in three different states. In a video posted on Saturday, Harting takes viewers on a tour of Dollar Tree, specifically the medication section.

“A lot of people don’t know that Dollar Tree even has medicine here,” he says. “But some of them are really good, and some of them are bad. So today we’re going to look at which ones are good and which ones are bad.”

The video has been viewed more than 18,000 times. Here are the drugs Harting points to.

Fish oil

Omega-3 fish oil capsules on a spoon on a light background

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The first area Harting visits is the supplements section. He picks up a bottle of People’s Choice Fish Oil, which contains 18 capsules for $1.25. Harting believes these capsules are probably the same softgels you get at any other store. According to the Mayo Clinic, people take fish oil for its anti-inflammatory effects.

However, there is something consumers should keep in mind about this product from Dollar Tree.

“But that’s a lie. Let me explain why,” says Harting. According to Harting, fish therapy requires about 1 to 3 grams per day. Unfortunately, the capsules in the Dollar Tree bottle only contain 1,000 milligrams per serving.

“The serving size is two softgels,” he says. “There are only 18 softgels in this. You would have to take two a day. That’s only nine days of therapy for $1.25. That’s not really a good deal.”

Harting says to pay attention to serving sizes when purchasing supplements at the dollar store.

ginseng

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The next supplement Harting picks up is a bottle of People’s Choice Ginseng. People take the supplement to increase their overall energy and reduce stress. It is also used to treat depression and diabetes. Harting points out that the 30 tablets, with 500 milligrams per serving, would only provide therapy for 15 days.

“But we want to know if that’s relevant,” asks Harting. “And in this case, it’s not. Because the dosage of ginseng depends on what you’re using it for. You probably need 250 milligrams a day or 500 milligrams a day. It depends on what you’re using it for. Although that’s a little misleading, it’s not cheating. It’s just a little harder to understand how much you’re taking.”

That means you still have to look at the label. “I’m sorry, but you always have to look at the label,” says Harting.

testosterone

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Next in the video is Test Booster from a brand called Nature’s Science. The product promises to increase the user’s testosterone levels in a convenient way. The pack is labeled as a dietary supplement and contains 12 capsules.

Harting is not a fan of the product.

“Do I even need to say anything?” he says. “It should be obvious that you should never buy this.”

The packaging says the product is made in the USA, but Harting is skeptical that the ingredients are from here. After having trouble pronouncing the ingredients listed on the label, Harting is even more convinced that no one should buy the product.

“OK, don’t buy that – whatever that is,” he says. “I had to look up the products and they don’t do anything. Is that a surprise to anyone?”

An even bigger red flag is that Harting tried to visit the brand’s website but it didn’t load. He considers that a red flag.

Advil

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While Harting was in the store, he saw a woman buy two packs of a well-known brand of Advil. In this case, Harting says, he believes she actually didn’t make the best choice. “In my mind, I just want to say: get the Dollar Tree brand,” he says. “You’ll get more. It’s the same thing.”

Generic drugs actually contain the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs. This means that you can generally expect the same results when taking generic drugs as you would with the more expensive brand-name drugs.

Benadryl

Benadryl is a medication that helps with allergies

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Finally, Harting said, he observed another customer taking a close look at two different brands of allergy medication. “He had two boxes of Benadryl diphenhydramine and was looking at them,” Harting says. “He was flipping through them, looking at the back of the label and the amount and everything. He really checked everything out. I don’t know his name, but he’s my best friend now.”

Whatever choice the Dollar Tree customer made regarding his antihistamine, he can at least be confident that he made a well-informed decision.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Harting for comment via TikTok direct message and Dollar Tree via the media contact form.

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