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 → ACID GONE ANTACID Acid Gone Antacid Extra Strength → Action Chemical Antibac Clear Action Cream → Advil Liquigels ADVIL MIGRAINE → Aire-Master Sanitizer Gel vit e / a Airmit Ace → Alka Seltzer Alka-Seltzer Fruit Chews → allergy pain relief Allergy Plus Sinus Headache → Altidome DMX Altipres → Anew Rejuvenate 24 hour Eye Moisturizer Anew Rejuvenate Day Revitalizing → Anti-Bac Concentrate Bioelements, Inc. Anti-bacterial Blue Raspberry Hand → Anti-Bacterial Hand Sweet Pea Anti-Bacterial Hand Sweet Plum and Verbena → Antibacterial Hand Icy Mint Antibacterial Hand Mistletoe and Mint → ANTIMICROBIAL CLEANSER Antimicrobial Foam → AprilFresh Roll-On Anti-Perspirant Deoderant AprilGuard Antiseptic Handrub → Arthricream with Aloe ArthriPain Relief → Assured Cold N Hot Pain Relief Menthol Assured Creamy Cocoa Butter Petroleum Vitamin E Enriched → Auto 157 Autumn Medley Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash → Aveeno Skin Relief 24hr Moisturizing Fragrance Free Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment → Asepso Gentle Antibacterial B B-SURE Traveler Towelette → Bactine Original First Aid Bactine Pain Relieving → Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 30 Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 30 Canada → Beautipharm All Day Moisturizing Balm SPF 10 Beautipharm Body Moisturizer SPF 10 → Bengay Cold Therapy With PRO-COOL technology Bengay Greaseless Pain Relieving → Betadine Betadine Skin Cleanser → BioTPres Pediatric Biovi Total Beauty → BLUE ACME SLEEVE FIRST AID Contains 1000 PIECES Blue Cross Laboratories Hand Rx → Bodycology Vanilla Cupcake Bodycology White Gardenia → Bright Solutions Antibac Bright Solutions Antibacterial → Buenos Dias de Personna citrus flavour Buenos Dias de Personna cool mint → BZK Towelette C C Lax Laxative → CARDEC DM CARDIGAN Roll-On → Care One Suphedrine Nasal Decongestant Non Drowsy CARE ONE VANILLA APPLE BLOSSOM → careone severe sinus congestion careone severe sinus congestion and pain → CD DIORSKIN NUDE SKIN-GLOWING MAKEUP SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 011 Cream CD DIORSKIN NUDE SKIN-GLOWING MAKEUP SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 020 Light Beige → Cepacol Sore Throat from Post Nasal Drip Cepacol Sore Throat Maximum Numbing Cherry → Charlie girl Blueberry Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Charlie girl Grape Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer → Childrens Fast-Dissolving Pain and Fever childrens fever reducer → Chloraseptic Sore Throat Max Liquid Center Chloraseptic Warming Sore Throat → Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask CLARIFYING MASK → CLARINS Skin Illusion SPF 10 Natural Radiance Foundation Tint 113 CLARINS Skin Illusion SPF 10 Natural Radiance Foundation Tint 114 → Clean Force Hand Sanitizer CLEAN IT ZERO RADIANCE → Clearasil Daily Clear Oil-Free Daily Wash Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Pads → CliniShield Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free Clinpro Tooth Creme → Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime Nighttime Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime Non-Drowsy → Colgate Total Advance Whitening Colgate Total Advanced Clean → ConRx Cold ConRX DayTime → Coralite ALCOHOL PADS Coralite Antibacterial → cough tussin Count Down → Crest Pro-Health Anticavity Fluoride Rinse Crest Pro-Health Clinical → CVS Cold Sore Treatment CVS Complete Care Anticavity Mouthwash → CVS Pharmacy SPF 30 CVS Pharmacy Sport SPF 50 → CYZONE XPRESS YOUR BODY Sensitive D D - TIME → day time cold and flu Day Time Cold and Flu Multi-Symptom Relief → DDF Mattifying Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 DDF Mattifying Oil Control UV Moisturizer SPF 15 → Degree for Men Clean Antiperspirant and Deodorant Degree for Men Cool Comfort Antiperspirant and Deodorant → Dental Care Advance Cleaning Maximun Baking Soda Dental Clear Natural → Desenex Desert Bambu Dark Tanning SPF 2 → dg health lansoprazole dg health lice killing maximum strength → Dial Spring Water Antibacterial Soap with Moisturizer Dial Tropical Escape Antibacterial Body Wash → DIORSNOW WHITE REVEAL PURE TRANSPARENCY MAKEUP SPF 30 020 Light Beige DIORSNOW WHITE REVEAL PURE TRANSPARENCY MAKEUP SPF 30 021 Linen → Dolce and Gabbana The Lift Foundation Bisque 75 Dolce and Gabbana The Lift Foundation Bronze 144 → Dove Men plus Care Clean Comfort Antiperspirant and Deodorant Dove Men plus Care Cool Silver Antiperspirant and Deodorant → Dr. Jart Nourishing Beauty Balm Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm → Dry Idea Advanced Dry-Cotton Dry Dry Idea Advanced Dry-Powder Fresh → Dynashield with Dimethicone E E ENZYME → ED CHLORPED JR Ed Hardy Habit Antiseptic Hand Sanitizing Wipe → Emu Essentials Brand Pain Relieving ENA Actimineral A → Equaline Allergy Relief Equaline Allergy relief non drowsy → equaline pain relief childrens Equaline pain relief concentrated → EQUATE LIGHT MOISTURIZERS Equate Liquid Foot → esika D ARIEN CLASS Roll-on ESIKA DANZZIA Roll-On → Eucalyptamint Eucalyptus Sap Patch → expectorant 12 Hour expectorant cough childrens → EyS Eye Wash EZ Char → EZY-TM F fabulous face spf 15 → family wellness acid controller complete family wellness acid reducer → Fiore Rx Pixie Dust Pink Antifungal Nail Polish Fiore Rx Rock Candy Clear Antifungal Nail Lacquer → Flawless Finish Dual Perfection Makeup SPF 8 Vanilla FLAWLESS FINISH FOUNDATION SPF 15 SUNSCREEN → flormar REBORN BB SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 CP19 Natural Beige flormar REBORN BB SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 CP21 Soft Beige → FOREVER LASTING PRECIOUS MELTING FOREVER LASTING PRECIOUS OIL ESSENCE → Fresh Sugar Ruby Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 → FUTURIST AGE RESISTING MAKEUP SPF 15 G G Tron → GenRx All Purpose Cleansing GenRx Cala Zinc Skin Healing → Gillette Power Beads Power Rush Gillette Sport Clear and Refreshing → Glytone acne cleansing toner Glytone Acne Facial Masque → GONIOSOFT Goniovisc Ophthalmic Lubricant → good neighbor pharmacy Loperamide hydrochloride good neighbor pharmacy loratadine → good sense cold and flu severe Good Sense Cold Head Congestion → Good Sense Triple Antibiotic Good Sense Triple Antibiotic and Pain Relief → Guaifenesin DM Guaifenesin Extended Release → GYNOX-SOFT H H E B MAX SEVERE CONGESTION and COUGH Maxium Strength → Hand Cleanse - Ocean Fresh Hand Cleanse - Strawberry Pomegranate → Hansai Beestox Sun Cream SPF 50 Hansai Beestox Trial Kit Set Beestox Sun Cream → Head and Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Head and Shoulders Dry Scalp Care 2in1 → health mart childrens ibuprofen Health Mart Childrens Pain and Fever → healthy accents aller ease 24 hour healthy accents allergy → HEALTHY HANDS INSTANT ANTISEPTIC HAND CLEANSER WITH MOISTURIZERS HEALTHY HANDS PINK ANTIBACTERIAL HAND CLEANER → Hi and Dri Antiperspirant Roll-On Unscented Hi Vetic → Humco Gentian Violet 2% Humco Glycerin and Artificial Rose Water → HYSAN HUO LU MEDICATED HYSAN PAIN RELIEVER → HyVee Ultra Concentrated Green Apple Scent I I LOVE NY Hand Sanitizer Vanilla Scent → Igualtuss IHS 2000 INSTANT HAND SANITIZER → Inon Ace Insan Bamboosalt toothpaste → Intervene Makeup SPF 15 Soft Bronze Intervene Makeup SPF 15 Soft Cocoa → ISAKNOX X202 WHITENING SECRET ESSENCE Island Banana Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash → IWK-5 J J and R Perfect Essence Beblesh Balm (40mL) → Junior Strength Acetaminophen JUNIOR STRENGTH ADVIL → Justice Vanilla Scent ANTI BAC HAND SANITIZER K K CARE OCEAN MIST → Kimvent Oral Care Toothbrush pack Kimvent Q2 oral care kit → koala pals berrylicious Kofal T → Kymaro Roll on Relief L L OCCITANE Anti-Dandruff Sensitive Scalp → Lady Speed Stick Stainguard Silky Chiffon Scent Lady Speed Stick Teen Spirit Berry Blossom → Laura Lynn Extra Whitening Sensitive Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Daily Face Shield SPF 40 → LBEL EFFET PARFAIT Spots Reducing Effect Foundation SPF 18 - CLAIRE 3 LBEL EFFET PARFAIT Spots Reducing Effect Foundation SPF 18 - CLAIRE 4 → Leader Chest Congestion Relief G450 LEADER Chest Congestion Relief PE → Leader Naproxen Sodium Leader Nasal → LET ME BE PERFECTLY CLEAR LET ME CLARIFY → Lip Smacker SPF 24 Cool Strawberry Orange Lip Smacker SPF 24 Kiwi Berry Crush → Long Last Makeup 00 Long Lasting Finish with Comfort Serum SPF 20 Classic Beige → Love and Beauty Grapefruit Citrus Essence Antibacterial Scented Hand Sanitizer Love and Beauty Lemon Fresh Essence Antibacterial Scented Hand Sanitizer → Luxury Cell Performance Emulsion Luxury Cell Performance Eye → Lysol Touch of Foam
M M EROS BODYGLIDE .SUPER CONCENTRATED → Mane n Tail Daily Control 2 in 1 Anti Dandruff Shampoo Conditioner Mane n Tail Daily Control Anti-Dandruff → Match Perfection SPF 18 Classic Beige 250 Match Perfection SPF 18 Classic Ivory 101 → MAYFAIR HAND SANITIZING WIPES WITH ALOE MAYINGLONG BEZORNIL HEMORRHOIDAL → Medicated Heat Medicated Lip Balm → MEIJER ALOE GEL meijer anti-itch → Mens rogaine Unscented Formula Menstrual Complete → Mineral Wear Oh So Radiant Powder SPF 20 Mineral Wear Talc Free Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30 → MK Alcohol Swabstick Sterile MK BZK Antiseptic Towelette Non-Sterile → Monistat 7 with Reusable Applicator Monistat Complete Care Chafing Relief → Mucus Relief Cough Mucus Relief Cough and Congestion DM → MyoRx Pain Relieving Mysotrol No Rinse Antiseptic Hand Cleanser → Myxcin-C N N - TIME → Native Tan SPF 40 Native Tan SPF 50 → NAVI Amazon Propol NAVI Black and C-Clinic → Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF50 Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF30 Light Tint → Neutrogena TGel Therapeutic Conditioner Neutrogena TGel Therapeutic Stubborn Itch → Night Time Night Time Cherry → NiteTime Multi-Symptom Cold / Flu Relief NiteTime Severe Cold and Flu → No7 Lifting and Firming Foundation Sunscreen SPF 15 Almond 35 No7 Lifting and Firming Foundation Sunscreen SPF 15 Blonde 20 → North Antiseptic NORTH Antiseptic First Aid → Nytol QuickCaps O O BlancTis → Oil Free Acne Wash Oil Free Blackhead Removal Scrub → Old Spice Sweat Defense After Hours Old Spice Sweat Defense Bearglove → Oral Antivavity Oral B Instant Pain Relief → Overtime Own Breakout Control Fast Acne Remover → OZ TREE HandMade by Dorothy P P LAX DR → Pampers Kandoo Pamprin Cramp Menstrual Pain Relief → PDI Sani-Hands Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes PDI Sani-HandsInstant Hand Sani Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes → Perfect Me Serum Perfect Pore Clean I → Petroleum Jelly with Lavender and Vanilla Petroleum Jelly with Shea Butter and Argan Oil → PiGe ll Real Skin Neck Pack PIGMENT → POLY-TUSSIN D POLY-TUSSIN DM → Preferred Plus Lansoprazole Preferred Plus Loperamide → Prevacid 24 HR Prevage Anti Aging Eye Sunscreen SPF 15 → Proactiv Solution BB Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (Light, Medium, Dark) Proactiv Solution Blackhead Dissolving → PsoCleer Advanced Psoriasis PsoraCare → Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Inspiring Island Getaway Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Moonlit Moments → Pyrocaine Burn Q Q Health Pain Relief Spray → QUITA COLICOS GAS RELIEF DROPS R R-044 Blemish Fix → Red Flower Oil RED GINSENG FERMENTED → Remedy Antifungal Targeted Treatment Remedy Antimicrobial Cleanser → ReVive Fermitif Neck Renewal SPF 15 Rexall Alcohol Prep → Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipgloss - Purple Rescue (335) Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipgloss - Red Action (565) → RITUALS precious mineral foundation broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen SHADE 15 RITUALS precious mineral foundation broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen SHADE 16 → Rouge Dior 850 Red Serum Rouge Dior 860 Violet Serum → Rx Act Heartburn Prevention maximum strength Rx Act Heartburn Relief → RYNEX PSE S S Balloon Slim Body Line → Sanatos Night SanaTos Severe Cold and Cough Day Time → Scaredy Cat Antibacterial Hand Scarguard MD → Secret Invisible Solid Spring Breeze Secret Invisible Solid Unscented → Selsun Blue Normal to Oily Selsun Blue Sensitive Scalp → Sephora Super Lisseur Rides Age Defy Sephora Super Lisseur Rides SPF 15 Age Defy Moisture → Shiny and Sleek Ships Ahoy Seashore Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Jafra → Shopko Triple Antibiotic plus Pain Relief ShopRight Childrens Nighttime Cold and Cough → Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream SPF 15 Simple Vital Vitamin Day SPF 15 → Skin Balancing Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Jafra Skin brightening antiperspirant deodorant roll-on Jafra Daily → SkinTX Medicated Acne Wash SkinTx Sunscreen SPF 30 → smart sense lice killing smart sense lice treatment → SNAIL THERAPY 50 BB SPF30 PA PLUS PLUS NO1 SNAIL THERAPY 50 BB SPF30 PA PLUS PLUS NO2 → Softlips Marshmallow Ghost Softlips Mint with a hint of vanilla → SOLMATE Broad Spectrum SPF 4 SolMate Broad Spectrum SPF 50 → Spai-Sons Calendula / Marigold SPAI-SONS FINE TALCUM → St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub → stop hair Stop Lice Complete Lice Treatment → Sudo-Tab PE SudoGest → SUN Solar Defense Hydrating SUN Solar Defense Oil-free Gel SPF 15 → SunMark heartburn relief acid reducer Sunmark Hemorrhoidal → Sunscreen SPF30 Plus Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Sport Lip SPF30 Plus Broad Spectrum → SUPER SERUM ANTI AGING AND FIRMING SUPER SPOT REMOVER ACNE TREATMENT → Sweet Pear Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash Sweet Red Apple Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash → System TLC Anti-dandruff 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 EGF Power Essence Timeless EGF Power Eye → Top Care Day Time Multi Symptom Relief Top Care Enamel Guard → topcare enema Topcare Eye Itch Relief → topcare sleep aid nighttime Topcare Sore Throat → Treatment 101 Acne Clearing Treatment TREATMENT LIPSHINE SPF 15 → Truly Radiant Whitening and Strengthening Rinse TRULY WHITENING SYSTEM → TYLENOL SORE THROAT TYLO Extra Strength → Type 3 Sinus Max U U-max Beauty → UltrasolSunscreen KIDS Sunscreen Spray Lotion SPF 30 UltrasolSunscreen nature BABY Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 45 → up and up flu and severe cold and cough relief up and up hemorrhoidal → UVA / UVB SPF 15 Rodan and Fields V V SHAPING AMPOULE → Vertra SPF 38 Foundation Sunscreen Face Kona Gold Shane Dorian Signature Tint Vertra SPF 50 Foundation Sunscreen Face Translucent → Visine Tired Eye Relief Lubricant Visine Totality Multi Symptom Relief → Vortex W Wakefern Enamel Guard → Walgreens Corn Remover Walgreens Dark Tanning Oil Sunscreen SPF 4 → Well at Walgreens Well at Walgreens Anti-Itch Maximum Strength → Winter Vanilla Hand Sanitizer None Wintergreen Isopropyl Alcohol → WYANDOTTE SANIFECT FOAM-E II X X FOLATE → Xylishield Y Y LAX DR → Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Z Z-COF 1 → Zinka Watermelon SPF 15 Lip Balm Zirh Defend Repairing SPF15 Moisturizer → ZZZTime