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Over the Counter Medications

Drugs that are safe and effective for use by the general public without a prescription are defined as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. These drugs are often located on shelves in pharmacies with easy access by patients, but may also be located in non-pharmacy outlets, such as grocery stores, convenience marts and large discount retailers. In the U.S., there are more than 80 classes of OTC drugs, ranging from allergy medicines to pain relievers to weight loss products.

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A restricted class of OTC drugs also exists in the U.S. This restricted class includes drugs such as pseudoephedrine, emergency contraception, and some Schedule V controlled substances. These products, while considered OTC, are kept behind the pharmacy counter and must be dispensed by a pharmacist pursuant to proper identification, age verification, and patient education. In March 2012, the FDA considered expanding the definition of nonprescription drugs to include cholesterol, blood pressure, asthma and birth control medications. This new Rx-to-OTC switch ruling is currently under review and commenting.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Division of Drug Information (CDER) evaluates and reviews OTC ingredients and labels. An OTC drug monograph is established for each class of product. The monograph contains acceptable ingredients, doses, formulations, and labeling. New products that conform to an existing OTC drug monograph may be marketed without further FDA review. Those OTC products that do not conform to an OTC monograph must undergo approval through the New Drug Approval System.

OTC medications can carry risk. There is the possibility of side effects, drug or food interactions, or harm due to excessive doses. Patients should read the 'Drug Facts' label that is found on all OTC products. All consumers, including older patients, pregnant women, and parents of young children should always consult with their pharmacist or other health care provider if they have additional questions concerning OTC drug use.

OTC Product A-Z Index

A A AND A Diaper Rash cream → Acetaminophen, Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Acetaminophen, Diphenhydramine Hyhrochloride, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride → ACT Braces Care Anticavity ACT Restoring Anticavity Fluoride Cool Mint → Advanced Jellyfish Sting Kit Advanced Lightning → AHC Intense Contour Balm AHC Intense Contour Balm Light → Alcohol Free Antiseptic Oral Alcohol Free Foam Sanitizer → ALL PURPOSE CLEANER ALL YOU NEED CONTINUOUS ACTION 24 HOUR MOISTURE SPF 15 FOR NORMAL SKIN → Aloe Scent A B Hand Sanitizing Aloe Soothing Moisture SPF 15 → American Infection Control Antiseptic Body Wipes American Infection Control Antiseptic Hand Wipes → antacid maximum strength ultra Antacid Mint → Anti-Bacterial Hand Coconut Lime Verbena Anti-Bacterial Hand Cozy Vanilla Cream → Anti-itch Anti-Itch Extra Strength → ANTIBACTERIAL HSOAP FRESH AND LIGHT SCENT - REFILL ANTIBACTERIAL LIGHT MOISTURIZERS → Antiseptic Formula Filled Swab Antiseptic Hand → AQUACIL Aquafresh Big Kids → Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Artistry Balancing Foundation → Assured Muscle Rub Assured Nasal Relief → Avail Lip Balm with Sunscreen Avalon Organics Baby Protective Zinc Diaper Balm → Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF15 → Artificial Tears B B BIND REJUVENATING NEOENDORPHIN MASK PACK → BACTIMICINA COUGH AND COLD Bactimicina for Sore Throat → Banana Boat Sport Performance Active Dry Protect SPF UVB 50 Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 15 → BB SKIN PERFECTING BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 25 Titanium Dioxide - Sunscreen - Shade Dark 03 BB SKIN PERFECTING BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 25 Titanium Dioxide - Sunscreen - Shade Light 01 → Benadryl Original Strength Itch Stopping Benadryl ReadyMist Itch Stopping → Berry Scented Hand Sanitizer Princesses Berry Scented Hand Sanitizer Spiderman → Biofreeze Roll-On BioGtuss → Blistex European Formula Blistex FIVE STAR → Body Wash Clear Spring Bodycology Brown Sugar Vanilla → BP Cleansing BP Wash → BRTC PURPLE VIGOR COMPLEX BRTC TANNIN PORE COMPLEX → By Pharmicell Lab Luxury Cell Performance Eye By Pharmicell Lab Luxury Cell Performance Serum → BZK Towelette C C Lax Laxative → CARDIGAN Roll-On Cardinal Health Antimicrobial Soap with Triclosan → CARE ONE VANILLA APPLE BLOSSOM CARE ONE VANILLA BEAN → CareOne Pain Relief Pain Relief PM careone pain relief pm → CD DIORSKIN NUDE CREME Nude Glow Creme Gel Compact Makeup Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF20 020 CD DIORSKIN NUDE CREME Nude Glow Creme Gel Compact Makeup Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF20 030 → Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat and Cough Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat cherry → CHAPSTICK CLASSICS STRAWBERRY CHAPSTICK FLAVA CRAZE → Childrens Day Time Cold and Cough Childrens Delsym Cough Plus Chest Congestion DM → Childrens Wal-Dryl Allergy Childrens WAL-DRYL Single-Use Allergy → ck one airlight pressed powder spf 15 tan 500 ck one all day perfection face makeup spf 20 sunscreen → CLARINS Extra-Comfort Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen Tint 105 CLARINS Extra-Comfort Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen Tint 107 → Clean All Clean and Clear Advantage 3 in 1 Exfoliating → Clear Eyes Redness Relief Clear Eyes Travelers Eye Relief → Clearskin Professional Acne Mark Treatment Clearskin Professional Clear Pore Thermal Mask → cold and cough Cold and Cough childrens → Colgate Fresh N Protect Mild Mint COLGATE Great Regular Flavor → Colloidal oatmeal Collyrium for Fresh Eyes - Eye Wash → Coppertone Clearly Sheer For Beach and Pool SPF 30 Coppertone Clearly Sheer For Beach and Pool SPF 50 Plus → Cortaid 12-Hour Advanced Anti-Itch Cortaid Intensive Therapy Cooling → Cover Tint SPF 20 - Light COVER YOUR MOUTH SPF 8 LIP PROTECTOR → Croc Bloc Broad Spectrum SPF 30 FPS Ecran Solaire Croc Bloc Broad Spectrum SPF 50 FPS Ecran Solaire → CVS Hemorrhoidal Topical Analgesic CVS HYDROCORTISONE WITH ALOE → CVS Ultra Strength Pain Relieving CVS Vanishing Scent Muscle Rub → CYBERWHITE HD UV PROTECTOR BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50 D D - TIME → day time cold and flu Day Time Cold and Flu Multi-Symptom Relief → DCS INTENSIVE VITAL TONER DCS PORE HEATING CLEANSING → Degree Clinical Sheer Powder Antiperspirant and Deodorant Degree Clinical Shower Clean Antiperspirant and Deodorant → Delsym Cough Plus Cold Day Time Delsym Cough Plus Cold Night Time → Dermasil Dermasil Advanced → dg health cold plus flu relief dg health cough and sore throat nite time → Dial Complete Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash White Tea and Vitamin E Dial Complete Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash with Lotion Clean Citrus, Gentle on skin → Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Makeup 022 Cameo Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Makeup 030 Medium Beige → DoctorRelief Docu → Dove Clinical Protection Original Clean Antiperspirant and Deodorant Dove Clinical Protection Powder Soft Antiperspirant and Deodorant → DR WALTONS PETROLEUM DR WALTONS VAPOR RUB → Dr.eslee Intensive Recovery Blemish Balm Dr.eslee Skin Mild → Duane Reade Sports Sunscreen SPF 50 Duane Reade Sunscreen SPF 15 → Dynashield with Dimethicone E E ENZYME → ED CHLORPED D ED CHLORPED JR → Emergency Zit Stick Acne Treatment Emetrol Cherry → Equaline all day allergy Equaline All Day Allergy D → equaline night time cold and cough childrens Equaline night time cough → equate hydrocortisone equate ibuprofen → EROS TOYGLIDE SUPER CONCENTRATED ESCA Hand Sanitizing Wipes → ESSENTIAL SOLUTION RED GINSENG MASK SHEET ESSENTIAL SOLUTION VITA A MASK SHEET → Exchange Select Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 Exchange Select Sport Sunscreen SPF 50 → Eye Drops AC Eye Drops Advanced Relief → EZY-TM F fabulous face spf 15 → Family Dollar Roll-On Deodorant Family Wellness → Fiore Rx Antifungal ProPen Fiore Rx Coral Sorbet Antifungal Nail Polish → Flawless Finish Dual Perfection Makeup SPF 8 Cream Flawless Finish Dual Perfection Makeup SPF 8 Fawn → flormar PERFECT COVERAGE FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 106 Classic Ivory flormar PERFECT COVERAGE FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 107 Natural Ivory → Foot Care Clotrimazole Foot Rehab Pain relief and moisturizer Mission → Fresh Pear Foaming hand Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield Sunscreen SPF 50 Plus → Fungicure Maximum Strength Fungicure Professional Formula → FUTURIST AGE RESISTING MAKEUP SPF 15 G G Tron → GEM BEAUTY AMETHYST INTENSIVE FIRMING EYE CREAM GEM BEAUTY AMETHYST PERFECT SOLUTION BB CREAM → Gillette Endurance Clear Brisa Tropical Gillette Endurance Cool Wave Clear → Glister Multi-Action Fluoride Toothpaste Glo Science Antioxidant → Golden Sunshine Far Infrared COOL Herbal Golden Sunshine Far Infrared Herbal → GOOD NEIGHBOR PHARMACY FIRST AID Contains 202 PIECES good neighbor pharmacy flu and severe cold and cough → good sense allergy Good Sense Allergy and Congestion Relief → Good Sense Nighttime Cough Good Sense NightTime DayTime Cold and Flu → Green Guard First Aid Eye Wash Green Guard Hydrogen Peroxide First Aid → GYNOX-SOFT H H E B MAX SEVERE CONGESTION and COUGH Maxium Strength → HAND AND NATURE SANITIZER ROSE HAND AND NATURE SANITIZER ROSEMARY → Handy Solutions Crest Complete MULTI-BENEFIT WHITENING plus Scope Handy Solutions Dove Cool Essential Cucumber and Green Tea Scent Anti-Perspirant → Head and Shoulders Conditioner Instant Hydration Head and Shoulders Conditioner Instant Relief → health mart allergy relief health mart antacid → Health Smart Original Petroleum Health Smart Vaporizing Chest Rub → healthy accents ranitidine healthy accents sinus → Herbalgy Herbalife SKIN 7 Day Results Kit → HOT MOVATE Hot Spot Point Relief → Hydrocortisone HC HydroCortisone Intensive Healing Formula → HYVEE PRO CLEAN BLUE MINT I I LOVE NY Hand Sanitizer Vanilla Scent → Idole Intense Idole Lemon → Infants Simethicone Infants TYLENOL → Intense Care Snail Eye Intense Care Snail Hydro Gel Mask → Irish Spring Legendary Classic Antiperspirant Deodorant Ironman Glory Roll-On Anti-Perspirant Deodorant → Ivory Always color stay-on Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Jafra Ivory Always Color Stay-On Makeup SPF 10 → IWK-5 J J and R Perfect Essence Beblesh Balm (40mL) → JNH Magic BB jock itch → Justice Vanilla Scent ANTI BAC HAND SANITIZER K K CARE OCEAN MIST → Kiehls Since 1851 Ultra Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen For All Skin Types Kimchi Vitamin chewable multivitamin → Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Makeup Color Base Green Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Triple Lighting Foundation BE-1 → Kymaro Roll on Relief L L OCCITANE Anti-Dandruff Sensitive Scalp → Lady Speed Stick Stainguard Powder Fresh Lady Speed Stick Stainguard Silky Chiffon Scent → LAURA GELLER BEAUTY TUSCAN SUN SPACKLE SPF 30 PROTECTIVE UNDER MAKE-UP PRIMER MEDIUM LAURA GELLER BEAUTY TUSCAN SUN SPACKLE SPF 30 PROTECTIVE UNDER MAKE-UP PRIMER PORCELAIN → LBEL EFFET PARFAIT filling effect foundation SPF 10 - CLAIRE 1 LBel EFFET PARFAIT Loose Extra-Fine Portable → LEADER ANTIFUNGAL TOLNAFTATE Leader Arthritis Pain → Leader Medicated Lip Balm LEADER MEDICATED PADS → Lemon Verbena Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash Lemon Verbena Antibacterial Hand Wash → LINGERIE DE PEAU INVISIBLE SKIN-FUSION FOUNDATION WITH SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 12 ROSE CLAIR LINGERIE DE PEAU INVISIBLE SKIN-FUSION FOUNDATION WITH SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 13 ROSE NATUREL → LIVESTS LIVESTS Moist Liquid → LOreal Paris true match super blendable makeup broad spectrum spf 17 LOreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 18 Sunscreen → LUMENE PREMIUM BEAUTY REJUVENATING DAY LUMENE Sensitive Touch Daily Moisture SPF 15 Sunscreen → Lysol Touch of Foam
M M EROS BODYGLIDE .SUPER CONCENTRATED → Mandelay Male Genital Desensitizer Manderin Orange Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash → MAT LUMIERE LONG-LASTING SOFT MATTE MAKEUP Mata Balm → Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 18 Sunscreen Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup SPF 18 → Medicated Apricot Scrub Medicated Body → Medpride Vitamin A and D Medrox → members mark nasal decongestant maximum strength Members Mark Nicotine → Migrenol Milk of Magnesia → MISSHA M SHINY BB SPF27 MISSHA M SIGNATURE RADIANCE FOUNDATION SPF20 → Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Moisturizing Instant Hand Sanitizer → Mucinex Nasal Moisture Smart Mucinex Sinus-Max Day Night Maximum Strength → muscle rub non greasy pain relieving Muscle Rub Ultra → Myxcin-C N N - TIME → NasalCrom Nasalub Nasal Relief → Natures Gate Mineral Kids Block SPF 20 Natures Gate Sport Block SPF 50 → Neutrogena Clear Pore Eliminating Astringent Neutrogena Clinical Lifting Wrinkle Treatment System → Neutrogena SkiniD Anti Acne Treatment Neutrogena Spectrum plus Advanced Sunblock SPF 100 plus helioplex 360 → NICOTINE TRANSDERMAL SYSTEM STEP 2 NICOTINE TRANSDERMAL SYSTEM STEP 3 → Nite Time Cold Medicine Nite Time Cold Medicine Cherry Flavor → No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Wheat No7 CC Cream Light → Non Aspirin Extra Strength Non Aspirin PM Extra Strength → Nurture Barrier Nurture Skin Protectant → Nytol QuickCaps O O BlancTis → Oil Control testers SPF 15 OIL CONTROLLING MAKEUP SPF 15 → Old Spice Red Zone Sweat Defense Swagger Old Spice Sweat Defense After Hours → Orajel Severe Toothache Maximum Strength Fast-Acting Formula Orajle Anti-Bacterial Rinse for Bleeding Gums → Outgro Ovation Instant Hand Sanitizer → OZ TREE HandMade by Dorothy P P LAX DR → Painzaway Balm Paisley Peach Antibacterial Hand Moisturizer → PDI Alcohol Prep Pad Large and Medium PDI Alcohol Prep Pad Sterile Large and Medium → Perfect Calming Perfect Calming BB Remover → Petroleum Petroleum Jelly → Pier 1 Imports Lily blossom Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer Pier 1 Imports Lily Flower Anti-bacterial Hand Wash N / A → PM Get Relief PM pain reliever → PRECIOUS BEAUTY SKIN LIGHTENING Predator → PREMIUM HAND SANITIZER CUCUMBER GREEN TEA PREMIUM HAND SANITIZER NECTARINE MINT → Pro Therapy MD Advanced Ultra Light Day Repair Pro-Care → PROPOLIS 50g PROPOLIS 90 AMPOULE → Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 Pure Finish 9 Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 → PurSan Purse Essentials hand sanitizer Anti-Bacterial Hand Berry Sorbet → Pyrocaine Burn Q Q Health Pain Relief Spray → Quik-Care Waterless Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Rub Quiksan → QUITA COLICOS GAS RELIEF DROPS R R-044 Blemish Fix → Red Chilli Plaster Red Cleo → Rembrandt Canker Sore Mint Rembrandt Deeply White Plus Peroxide Whitening Fresh Mint → REVITALIZING C I2PL MASK REVITALIZING C I2PL STEMCELL BB → Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipgloss - Fuscia Theraphy (345) Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipgloss - Hydra Beige (120) → RITUALS broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen matt finish foundation SHADE 13 RITUALS broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen matt finish foundation SHADE 14 → Rouge Dior 510 Nude Serum Rouge Dior 560 Radiant Pink Serum → RULOX REGULAR Run Guard Original → RYNEX PSE S S Balloon Slim Body Line → SALONPAS PAIN RELIEVING Salonpas pain relieving GEL-PATCH HOT → Scal tonic shampoo hair care Scal-tonic intensive liquid hair care → Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Stress Response Secret Clinical Strength Invisible With Olay Beauty Skin Conditioners → SELECT ANTISEPTIC HAND GEL WITH ALOE Select Brand Antacid Assorted Berries → Sensitive Skin Deep Cleaning Astringent Sensitive Tooth Paste Multi Action → Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation SPF-15 Golden Sheer Cover Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 15 → Shopko Anti-Itch Shopko Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Moisturizer Day Broad Spectrum SPF18 → Shuang Long Pain Relieving Oil Shunfa Anti-Bacteria Spra → Sinus Congestion and Pain Sinus Congestion and Pain Daytime → Skin So Soft Fresh and Smooth Moisturizing Hair Minimizing Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Skin So Soft Original Anti-Perspirant Deodorant → smart sense anti itch extra strength smart sense anti itch maximum strength → smart sense tussin cf adult smart sense tussin dm → SOFT AND PRECIOUS NURSERY WITH LAVENDER AND CHAMOMILE Soft and Silky Antiseptic → Soin Solaire Complete SPF30 SOL LEON Sunscreen SPF 15 → Soothe and Cool Free Moisture Barrier Soothe and Cool Free Skin Paste → Speed Stick Unscented Antiperspirant Deodorant Sperian Eyesaline Emergency Eyewash → Sterillium Rub Fragrance Free STERILUBE OINTMENT → STUDIO SCULPT SPF 15 FOUNDATION STUDIO SKIN 15 HOUR WEAR FOUNDATION SPF10 → Sulwhasoo Lumitouch Foundation SPF15, PA plus Sulwhasoo Lumitouch Foundation SPF26, PA plus plus → SunMark Acid Reducer maximum strength Sunmark Adult Tussin DM → Sunmark muscle rub Sunmark Naproxen Sodium → SunZone Sunscreen Kids SPF 60 Broad Spectrum Sunzone Sunscreen Sport SPF 15 Broad Spectrum → Suphedrine Suphedrine PE → Sure Original Solid Fresh Scent T T-CHEM ANTIMICROBIAL HAND → TERRASIL ANTI-FUNGAL TREATMENT Terrasil Anti-Fungal Treatment MAX → THE YEON STYLE Y LONG WEAR PERFECT FIT BB 23 NATURAL BEIGE THE YEON STYLE Y Y GLAM LUMINOUS CC → Timeless Anti-Aging BB Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Timeless EGF Power → Too Faced BB Creme Complete Coverage Make-Up SPF-20 CREAM GLOW Too Faced BB Creme Complete Coverage Make-Up SPF-20 LINEN GLOW → Topcare Day time cold and flu relief topcare day time cold and flu relief multi symptom relief → topcare pain relief pm topcare pain relief pm extra strength → TOURCIA NUTRI TONER tourist spf30 → True Essentials Lemongrass Hand Sanitizer True Essentials Pain Relief Roll On → Tussin Long Acting Cough ReadyInCase tussin maximum strength → Type 3 Sinus Max U U-max Beauty → UltrasolSunscreen KIDS Sunscreen Lotion SPF 34 UltrasolSunscreen KIDS Sunscreen Mousse → up and up famotidine Up and Up First Aid Antibiotic Pain Relieving → UV PLUS HP ECRAN MULTI-PROTECTION BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 40 Titanium Dioxide - MULTI-PROTECTION (S2033B) UV Shield SPF 42 → UVA / UVB SPF 15 Rodan and Fields V V SHAPING AMPOULE → Verticalm Vertra Elemental Resistance Mick Fanning Signature SPF 28 → Visine Advanced Relief Visine L.R. → Vortex W Wakefern Enamel Guard → Walgreens Cold Sore Treatment WALGREENS COOL AND HEAT MUSCLE AND JOINT RELIEF → Wegmans Orange Scent Wegmans Ultra Dishwashing Orange Scent → WHOO GONGJINHYANG SEOL WHITENING JINAEK PROGRAM KIT Wicked Candy Apple Antibacterial Hand → WYANDOTTE SANIFECT FOAM-E II X X FOLATE → Xylishield Y Y LAX DR → Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen Z Z-COF 12 DM → Zirh Defend Repairing SPF15 Moisturizer ZIT ERASER → ZZZTime