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 Reducer acid reducer 150 → Acure Mineral Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Added Strength Pain Reliever → AFRICA BIRD HOMME ALL IN ONE MOISTURIZER African Formula Black → Alba Botanica UN-petroleum Vanilla SPF18 Lip Balm Alba Hawaiian Aloe Vera Sunblock SPF 30 → Alka-Seltzer Plus Severe Sinus Congestion and Cough Alka-Seltzer Plus Severe Sinus Congestion and Cough Day and Night → Almond Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer almost bronzer spf 15 → Americaine American Continental Techlabs, LLC INSTANT HAND SANITIZER → Anti Acne Natural Volcanic Sulfur Anti Aging Star → Anti-Bacterial Hand Citrus Garland Anti-Bacterial Hand Coconut Lime Verbena → Antibacterial Clean and Smooth Gentle Skin Cleanser ANTIBACTERIAL CUCUMBER MELON → Antibacterial Skin Cleanser 82 Antibacterial Soap → Apatite APATITE PROFESSIONAL → Arllin Golden Combination Charisma CC Arm and Hammer Baking Soda → Aspir Low ASPIRIN → Atopalm First Aid Triple Antibiotic ATOPALM FIRST AID TRIPLE ANTIBIOTIC PROTECTION MOISTURIZING AND PAIN RELIEF → Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Aveeno Baby Organic Harvest Diaper Rash → Aspirin B B.S.C AMPUL → Badger SPF 15 Sunscreen Lip Balm Badger SPF 30 Aloe Sunscreen → Banana Boat UltraMist Baby Tear Free Continuous SPF 50 Banana Boat UltraMist Kids SPF 50 Factor de Proteccion Solar 50 → BEEVENOM EMULSION BEEVENOM ESSENCE → Benzodent Benzoin → Bilboa Capri Sunscreen SPF 30 Bilboa Capri Sunscreen SPF 50 Plus → Bisque Always Color Stay-on Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Jafra Bisque Always Color Stay-On Makeup SPF 10 → Body Blends Citrus Awakening Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer Body Blends Coconut Lime Escape Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer → BOSLEY PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH HAIR REGROWTH TREATMENT Regular Strength For Women BOTANICAL FRESH BB SET SPF30 PA PLUS PLUS → Broncolin BRONCOLIN Herbal extracts and Honey → By Pharmicell Lab Luxury Cell Performance Eye By Pharmicell Lab Luxury Cell Performance Serum → BZK Towelette C C Lax Laxative → CARDEC DM CARDIGAN Roll-On → CARE ONE VANILLA BEAN CAREALL Artifical Tears → Caring Alcohol Non-Sterile, Medium Carlesta → CD DiorSkin Radiant Base Skin-Refining Pro Lighting - 001 CD DiorSkin Radiant Base Skin-Refining Pro Lighting - 002 → Ceramide Lift And Firm Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 Cognac Ceramide Lift And Firm Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 Cream → Cheongin Samrakhwan Cheracol D Cough Formula 4oz → Childrens Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief 24-Hour Childrens Nortemp → Citrus Burst Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash Citrus Burst Antibacterial Hand Wash → CLARINS BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50 Plus - SUNSCREEN FOR FACE WRINKLE CONTROL CLARINS BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50 SUNSCREEN CARE MILK FOR CHILDREN → CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE SMOOTHING BASE FOR LINES CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE SMOOTHING BASE FOR PORES → Clear Eyes Redness Relief Clear Eyes Travelers Eye Relief → Clearskin Professional Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub CLEARSKIN PROFESSIONAL INVISIBLE BLEMISH TREATMENT → cold and flu relief daytime cold and flu relief daytime nighttime → Colgate Orabase Colgate Proclinical - Clean Mint → Conex Congestaid II → Coppertone waterBABIES Sunscreen SPF 50 Coppertone Wet and Clear Kids SPF 50 Plus → Cough Syrup DM cough tussin → Crest Cavity Protection Crest Complete Multi-Benefit Extra White plus Crystal Clean anti bac → CVS Childrens Allergy Relief CVS Clarifying Body Wash → CVS Pharmacy Sunscreen SPF 45 CVS PHARMACY WITH VITAMIN E → CYZONE XPRESS YOUR BODY Sensitive D D - TIME → Day Time Cold non drowsy cold and Flu Relief Day Time Cold / Flu Relief → DE LA CRUZ GENTIAN VIOLET De La Cruz Mercurochrome → Degree Girl Friends Forever Antiperspirant and Deodorant Degree Girl Friends Forever Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant → DERMA GRAN DERMA GRAN BC PERINEAL PROTECTANT → Desquam-X Wash Detox Healing BB → dg health stomach relief maximum strength DG Health Triacting Childrens → Dimetane DX dimethicone → Disney FROZEN Antibacterial Hand Wipes Disney FROZEN BERRY SCENTED ANTISEPTIC HAND CLEANSING → Double Prawn Rumagon Double Tussin Intense Cough Reliever DM → Dr G deWrinkle REFORMER by EGF Dr G Whitening FORTIFIER by EGF → DR. WALTONS COOL AND HOT ANALGESIC Dr. Young 2P Pearl Brightening Balm SPF35 PA → Dusting Powder Dyabetex → Dynashield with Dimethicone E E ENZYME → ED-A-HIST PSE ED-CHLORTAN → Encare Enchanted Forest Hand Sanitizer Bodycology → equaline antacid Equaline Antacid regular strength → Equaline Stay Awake equaline stomach relief → equate nighttime sleep aid equate nite time cold flu relief → esika MEN Control Fresh Deodorant and Antiperspirant Esika Men Dandruff Maximum Strength → EVEN BETTER SKIN TONE CORRECTING MOSTURIZER SPF 20 Evenly Radiant Brightening Day Creme SPF 15 → Extra Strength Pain Relief Therapy Extra Strength Pain Reliever → EZY-TM F fabulous face spf 15 → family wellness childrens all day allergy family wellness childrens ibuprofen → First Aid Antibiotic Bacitraycin Plus First Aid Antibiotic Pain Relief Maximum Strength → FLAWLESS FINISH PERFECTLY NUDE MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF 15 SHADE SPICE FLAWLESS FINISH PERFECTLY NUDE MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF 15 SHADE TAWNY → FOAMING HAND SANITIZER WITH ALOE Foaming Hand Wash → Fresh Lemon Antibacterial Hand Wash Fresh Lime Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash → Fungoid Tincture Treatment Kit Fungoid-D → FUTURIST AGE RESISTING MAKEUP SPF 15 G G Tron → GenRx Daily Defense Skin Repairing GenRx Skin Barrier → GILTUSS TOTAL RELEASE GIM → GM Collin Mineral Sun GM Collin Mineral Sun Veil Tinted → Good Neighbor Pharmacy good neighbor pharmacy 8 hour pain relief → Good Neighbor Pharmacy Mucus Relief PE PE Good Neighbor Pharmacy Mucus Relief Severe Congestion and Cold → Good Sense enema mineral oil good sense eye itch relief → GOODSENSE IRRITATION RELIEF EYE DROPS GOODSENSE LUBRICANT EYE DROPS → GYNOX-SOFT H H E B MAX SEVERE CONGESTION and COUGH Maxium Strength → Hand Essentials Instant Hand Antiseptic Hand Essentials Skin Repair → Harmon Face Values Baby Healing Advanced Therapy Harmon Face Values Cherry Blossom Scent Hand Sanitizer → Head and Shoulders Men Full and Thick Head and Shoulders Men Full and Thick 2in1 → Health Mart Muscle Rub Health Mart Naproxen Sodium → Healthy Accents Daytime Nighttime Cold and Flu healthy accents enema → HELLO FLAWLESS OXYGEN WOW Broad Spectrum SPF 25 BRIGHTENING MAKEUP - Im Hopelessly Hot HELLO FLAWLESS OXYGEN WOW Broad Spectrum SPF 25 BRIGHTENING MAKEUP - IM PLUSH AND PRECIOUS → Home Care Fluoride Home Health Everclean Antidandruff → HYDRA LIFE PRO-YOUTH SKIN TINT 3 HYDRACLEAR HYDRATING ACNE GEL → HyVee Ultra Concentrated Green Apple Scent I I LOVE NY Hand Sanitizer Vanilla Scent → IHS 2000 INSTANT HAND SANITIZER Ili Hand Sanitizer Instant → Instant Hand Sanitizer - Ice Clear Instant Hand Sanitizer - Original → Iodent Fluoride Toothpaste Iodent Maximum Strength Oral Analgesic → Isopropyl alcohol Swabstick Sterile Isopropyl alcohol Swabsticks → IWK-5 J J and R Perfect Essence Beblesh Balm (40mL) → Junior Strength Pain Relief Junior Strength Pain Reliever → Justice Vanilla Scent ANTI BAC HAND SANITIZER K K CARE OCEAN MIST → KINeSYS Analgesic Sport KINESYS Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Alcohol-Free Sunscreen → KONSYL Easy Mix Formula Psyllium Fiber Konsyl Naturally Sweetened Psyllium Fiber → Kymaro Roll on Relief L L OCCITANE Anti-Dandruff Sensitive Scalp → LAMISIL AT Continuous Spray Lamisil AT for Jock Itch → Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Bronze Radiance Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 CARAMEL → LBEL REGRESSION JOUR Protective Complex With SPF 15 Facial Day Normal to Combination Skin LBEL REGRESSION JOUR Protective Complex with SPF 15 Facial day normal to dry skin → Leader Extra Moisturizing Nasal Leader Extra Strength Medicated Pain Relief Patch → LEADER RELIEF LEADER RELIEF EYE → Life Extension Sun Protection SPF 30 LifeStyles EPIC Male Genital Desensitizer → Little Colds Decongestant Plus Cough Little Colds Multi Symptom Cold → LOreal Paris Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 30 Crystal Clear Mist LOreal Paris Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 30 Hydra → Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Color Correcting SPF 20 Sunscreen Broad Spectrum LIGHT Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Color Correcting SPF 20 Sunscreen Broad Spectrum MEDIUM → Lysol Touch of Foam
M M EROS BODYGLIDE .SUPER CONCENTRATED → Mapap mapap arthritis pain → Max Revive MAXIMUM COVER CAMOUFLAGE MAKEUP FOR FACE AND BODY SPF 15 → Medaclear MedActive Patient Friendly → Medique Medi-Meclizine Medique Medi-Phenyl → Meijer Oil Free SPF 30 meijer REGULAR SCENT → Mickey Sun Smacker SPF 24 Classic Strawberry Mickey Sun Smacker SPF 24 Classic Vanilla → Miracle Pain Cream Miracle Plus Anti-Fungal → Moisturizer SPF15 MOISTURIZING AND CLEANSING ACNE WIPES → Mucinex Fast-Max DM Max Mucinex Fast-Max Night Time Cold and Flu → MuscleCare Professional Therapy Pain Relieving Muscular Balm → Myxcin-C N N - TIME → Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner Natural Advantage SPF 15 All Day Moisture with AHAs → Neosporin Eczema Essentials Daily Moisturizing Neosporin Essentials Trial Pack → Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF15 Neutrogena Men Active protect Face SPF 50 Plus → Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 45 with helioplex Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF70 → Night time sinus night time sinus congestion and pain → Nix Complete Maximum Strength Lice Elimination Nizoral A-D → No7 Restore and Renew Day Sunscreen No7 Soft and Sheer Tinted Moisturiser Dark → Noxzema Triple Clean NP set BB CREAM Broad Spectrum SPF 20 → Nytol QuickCaps O O BlancTis → Oil-Free Acne Cleanser Oil-Free Acne Wash → Olive Oil Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash OLOGY → OralLine Kids OralLine Secure → Oxy Maximum Action Advanced Face Wash Sensitive Oxy Maximum Action Face Wash → OZ TREE HandMade by Dorothy P P LAX DR → Panache Panache Antibacterial Body Wash → Pecgen DMX Pedesil → Perfecting Liquid Foundation Neutral Beige SPF 15 Perfecting Liquid Foundation Porcelain SPF 15 → Phineas and Ferb Sun Smacker SPF 24 Berry Busted Phineas and Ferb Sun Smacker SPF 24 Secret Agent Strawberry → PLACENTA EX NIGHT PLACENTA EX SUN BALM SPF50PLUS PA PLUS PLUS PLUS → Povidone-Iodine Pad Povidone-Iodine Prep → PREMIUM HAND SANITIZER CUCUMBER GREEN TEA PREMIUM HAND SANITIZER NECTARINE MINT → Proactiv Concealer Plus Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash → Protex Balance antibacterial liquid hand soap Protex Deep Clean → PURE SPRING LEMON AND MINT PURE SPRING STRAWBERRY AND POMEGRANATE → 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 Cleansing Body Remedy Cleansing Body Unscented → Rexall Daytime Nighttime Cold Flu rexall dm cough and congestion relief → Rite Aid Cold and Hot Medicated Rite Aid Cold Sore Treatment → ROBITUSSIN PEAK COLD NIGHTTIME NASAL RELIEF ROBITUSSIN TO GO COUGH AND CHEST CONGESTION DM → Ruby-Cell 4U Ampoule Ruby-Cell 4U B B 10 in 1 → RYNEX PE RYNEX PSE → RYNEX PSE S S2 → Sandy Beige Always Color Stay-On Makeup SPF 10 Sani → School Health Sterile Alcohol Prep Pad Scienceware Eyewash → Secret Outlast and Olay Smooth Protecting Powder Secret Outlast and Olay Smooth Sport Fresh → SENNA TIME SENNA TIME S → Severe Allergy And Sinus Headache severe cold → SHISEIDO SHEER MATIFYING COMPACT (REFILL) I00 SHISEIDO SUN PROTECTION → ShopRite Fiber Laxative ShopRite Gas Relief → simply right minoxidil extra strength Simply Right Mucus Relief → SKIN LIGHTENING COMPLEX Skin Lightening Rodan Fields → Smart Sense All Day Allergy D smart sense allergy → Smart Sense sinus relief smart sense sleep aid → Sofskin Petroleum Soft and Dri Clear Glide IS Antiperspirant Floral Bouquet → Solar Defense Booster SPF50 Solar Powder SPF 20 → Soothe Rodan Fields Soothe XP → SPF 30 Sunscreen Tottle SPF 30 Sunscreen Tottle w Carabiner → Stoko Refresh Food Handler Foam stomach relief → Suave Tropical Paradise Antiperspirant and Deodorant Suave Wild Cherry Blossom → Sun Protection Emulsion Face la prairie SUN PROTECTION FACE SUNSCREN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 → sunmark clearlax sunmark Clotrimazole 3 → Sunmark womans laxative Sunmark z sleep → SUPER ORIGIN COLLAGEN WATERPROOF BB SUPER ORIGIN COLLAGEN WATERPROOF BB SPF46 PA PLUS PLUS PLUS → SWEATBLOCK Sween 24 → System TLC Anti-dandruff T T-CHEM ANTIMICROBIAL HAND → Terrasil Cold Sore Treatment TERRASIL COLD SORE TREATMENT MAX → THERA RX THERABREATH TOOTHPASTE → Tinted BB Tinted Isopropyl Alcohol → TopCare Antacid Calcium Regular Strength topcare Antacid Calcium Ultra Strength → Topcare Lubricant Eye Topcare Lubricating Plus → TopiCool Pain Relief with Cats Claw Toppik Mens Hair Regrowth Treatment Extra Strength → triple antibiotic plus maximum strength Triple Antibiotic Plus Pain Relief → tussin cough dm adult Tussin Cough DM Adult Sugar Free → Type 3 Sinus Max U U-max Beauty → UltrasolSunscreen Sport Clear CONTINUOUS SPRAY UltrasolSunscreen Sport Sunscreen Lotion CONTINUOUS SPRAY SPF 45 → up and up ibuprofen pm Up and Up infants acetaminophen → UVA / UVB SPF 15 Rodan and Fields V V SHAPING AMPOULE → Verucide Physician Formula VETERAN SHIELD 24 VSH → Vitale Sensitive Scalp Daily Scalp Healer Vitalizer → Vortex W Wakefern Enamel Guard → WALGREENS INSTANT HAND SANITIZER Walgreens Intense Toothache → WellPatch Capsaicin Pain Relief Welmedix HomeCare PRO 2-in-1 Antifungal and Skin Protectant → Womens Mitchum Advanced Invisible Antiperspirant Deodorant Solid Powder Fresh Womens Mitchum Advanced Invisible Antiperspirant Deodorant Solid Pure Fresh → WYANDOTTE SANIFECT FOAM-E II X X FOLATE → Xylishield Y Y LAX DR → Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Z Z-COF 1 → Zodryl AC 30 Zodryl AC 40 → ZZZTime