Pharmacist Reveals Which Medications You Should NOT Buy at the Dollar Store

A pharmacist licensed in three states shared five medications you shouldn’t buy at Dollar Tree. He also mentions which ones are worth it. Ready for his tips?

TikTok user Grant Harting, a pharmacist, made a video tour of Dollar Tree’s medicine section. “People don’t realize Dollar Tree has medications,” he says. “Some are good, some bad. Let’s check them out.”

His video has over 18,000 views. Here are his takes on certain medications.

Fish oil

Harting starts with supplements, picking up People’s Choice Fish Oil. It’s $1.25 for 18 capsules. He believes these are similar to other stores’ products. Fish oil has anti-inflammatory benefits according to the Mayo Clinic.

“But this is a scam,” Harting explains. To get enough fish oil, you need 1-3 grams daily. The Dollar Tree bottle only gives you 1,000 milligrams per serving.

“Serving size is two soft gels,” he says. “With 18 soft gels total, it’s only nine days of therapy for $1.25. Not a good deal.”

Harting warns to check serving sizes when buying Dollar Store supplements.


Next, he picks up People’s Choice Ginseng, used for energy and stress. It’s also for depression and diabetes. Harting notes that 30 tablets at 500 milligrams per serving last 15 days.

“But is that relevant?” he asks. “Not really. Ginseng dosage varies. You might need 250 or 500 milligrams daily, depending on use. So, it’s not a scam, just confusing.”

He emphasizes the importance of reading labels. “You always have to check the label,” he says.


Harting then critiques Test Booster by Nature’s Science. It promises to boost testosterone with 12 capsules in a dietary supplement.

“Do I even need to say anything?” he asks. “Obviously, don’t buy this.”

The package claims it’s made in the U.S., but Harting doubts the ingredients are. Struggling with the ingredient names, he’s certain it’s not worth buying.

“Don’t buy that—whatever it is,” he says. “I checked, and they don’t work. Surprise?”

He found the brand’s website wouldn’t load, calling it a red flag.


Harting saw a woman buying two boxes of name-brand Advil. He thinks she made a poor choice. “Just take the Dollar Tree brand,” he says. “You get more for the same thing.”

Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as name brands. You can expect similar results with cheaper generics.


Finally, Harting noticed a customer examining two allergy medications. “He had two Benadryl packages, comparing labels and quantities,” Harting says. “He was really thorough. He’s my new best friend.”

Whatever choice that customer made, Harting hopes it was an informed one.

You can watch the video here:

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