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, Chlorpheniramine Maleate, Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Acetaminophen, Chlorpheniramine Maleate, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride → Acni Spot Acnotex acne Treatment → Advanced Dual Complex Fade Maximum Strength Plus Advanced Dynamics Soothing day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Jafra → AHAVA ACTIVE DEADSEA MINERALS AGE CONTROL EVEN TONE MOISTURIZER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF20 AHAVA ACTIVE DEADSEA MINERALS Mineral Suncare spf 15 → Alba VE Sunscreen Sport SPF45 Alba Very Emollient Sunscreen Lip Care SPF25 → Alka-Seltzer Plus-D Multi-Symptom Sinus and Cold Alka-Seltzer XTRA STRENGTH → Allfen DM ALLI → Amar Petroleum with Aloe Vera Amar Regular → Anew Clinical Absolute Even Spot Correcting Hand Anew Clinical Skinvincible Multi-Shield → Anti-Aging Foundation SPF 15 Shade 300 Anti-Aging Foundation SPF 15 Shade 400 → Anti-Blemish Cleanser Anti-Blemish Foundation Primer Acne Treatment Gel Merle Norman → ANTIBACTERIAL HAND SANITIZER POMEGRANATE AND ACAI Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Spray → Antimicrobial Soap Antimicrobial Wipes Citrus Scented → APROFEN REGULAR STRENGTH APTRIMAZOLE 1.0% ANTIFUNGAL CREAM → Arthricream with Aloe ArthriPain Relief → Aspirin Thin coated Aspirin-Free Tension Headache → Attends Daily Barrier ATTITUDE Mineral sunscreen → Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF15 Aveeno Anti Itch Concentrated → Axe Gold Temptation Antiperspirant Deodorant Axe Instinct Antiperspirant and Deodorant → Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye B B BIND REJUVENATING NEOENDORPHIN MASK PACK → Bacti-Free tm Hand Sanitizer Bacti-Stat → Banana Boat Protect and Hydrate SPF 50 Plus Banana Boat Protective Dry SPF 10 → Baza Cleanse and Protect Odor Control Baza Clear → Belucie Luxury Essential Twin Pact NO21 SPF25 PA PLUS PLUS Belucie Luxury Essential Twin Pact NO23 SPF25 PA PLUS PLUS → Berkley and Jensen Nasal Decongestant PE Non-Drowsy Maximum Strength Berkley and Jensen nicotine → bioCorneum plus SPF 30 advanced SCAR SUPERVISION Biocotron-D → BLEMISH CORRECTING SERUM BLEMISH CORRECTING SERUM SENSITIVE → BODY GLOW SUNSCREEN SPF 20 Body Guard Sport Clear → BOTANICAL MOIST PACT SPF30 PA PLUS PLUS PLUS 21 BOTANICAL MOIST PACT SPF30 PA PLUS PLUS PLUS 23 → Broncofin Broncolin → Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation Luminous Fluid Dark Sable No. 36 Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation Luminous Fluid Deep Brown No. 66 → BZK Towelette C C Lax Laxative → Capture Totale Radiance Restoring Serum Foundation SPF 15 033 Capture Totale Radiance Restoring Serum Foundation SPF 15 040 → Care One Pain Relief extra strength care one pain relief infants → CareOne Mucus Relief careone mucus relief childrens → CD DiorSkin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25 - 040 CD DiorSkin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25 - 050 → Cepacol Dual Relief Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat and Cough → CHANTECAILLE Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 CHANTECAILLE Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 → Childrens Chewable Acetaminophen Childrens Chewable Antacid → Childrens Silly Strawberry Childrens Stomach Relief → City Sunscreen serum Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Supergoop ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 sunscreen → CLARINS Ever Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Tint 104 CLARINS Ever Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Tint 107 → Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Cleanser Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Control → Clear Eyes Triple Action clear lax → Clearskin Professional Acne Mark Treatment Clearskin Professional Clear Pore Thermal Mask → Colace Clear cold → COLD SORE SUPPORT Cold Sore Treatment → Colgate Total Advanced Clean Colgate Total Advanced Fresh plus Whitening → ConRx Allergy ConRx Allergy Sinus → Coppertone waterBABIES Sunscreen SPF 50 Coppertone Wet and Clear Kids SPF 50 Plus → Cough Control DM Max Cough Control DM Sugar Free → Crest 3D White Luxe Lustrous Shine Crest 3D White Vivid Radiant Mint → Cut Care Insect Bite Antiseptic and Pain Relieving Wipe CUT CLEANER → CVS Pharmacy Dandruff Moisturizing with Aloe CVS Pharmacy Daytime Nighttime Severe Cold and Cough Kit → CVS Pharmacy Childrens GLYCERIN SUPPOSITORIES LAXATIVE D D - TIME → day relief pe Day Relief Sinus PE → DAYWEAR ADVANCED MULTI-PROTECTION ANTIOXIDANT SPF 15 OILY SKIN DAYWEAR ADVANCED MULTIPROTECTION ANTIOXIDANT CREME SPF 15 FOR NORMAL COMBINATION SKIN → Degree Clinical Protection Clean Antiperspirant and Deodorant Degree Clinical Protection Cool Rush Antiperspirant and Deodorant → Degree White Flower Basil Antiperspirant and Deodorant Degree Women Clinical Protection Sexy Intrigue → Dermaquest Skin Therapy Daily Moisturizing SPF 15 Dermaquest Skin Therapy Post-Skin Resurfacing Balm → DG Health Antibiotic dg health arthritis pain relief → Diabetic Maximum Strength Siltussin DM DAS-Na Diabetic Siltussin DAS-Na → DiorSkin Nude 031 Sand DiorSkin Nude 032 Rosy Beige → Docusate Sodium Liquid Docusate Sodium Stool Softener → Dove Cool Essentials Antiperspirant and Deodorant Dove DermaSeries Eczema Therapy Cream → Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins MEGA-BRIGHT SPF 30 SKIN TONE CORRECTING OIL FREE MOISTURIZER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 DR. BABOR DERMA CELLULAR Detoxifying Vitamin SPF 15 → Dr.eslee Skin Mild Dr.eslee Sun Matte → Duane Reade Prevail Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 80 Duane Reade Sport Sunscreen SPF 50 → Dynashield with Dimethicone E E ENZYME → ECZEMA CARE ECZEMA FAST HEALING → EltaMD UV Facial SPF 30 EltaMD UV Lip Balm → Epionce Ultra Shield EpiSoft Foaming Antibacterial Lotin Soap → Equaline migraine formula Equaline milk of magnesia → equate Eye Itch Relief Equate Face → EROS BODYGLIDE SUPER CONCENTRATED EROS CLASSIC SILICONE BODYGLIDE → ESSENCE OF BEAUTY JAPANESE GARDEN ESSENCE OF BEAUTY JAPANESE GARDEN ANTIBACTERIAL → Excedrin Migraine Geltabs Excedrin Mild Headache Caplets → Exuviance CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup SPF 30 Bisque Exuviance CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup SPF 30 Caramel → EZY-TM F fabulous face spf 15 → FAMILY CARE CLOTRIMAZOLE ANTIFUNGAL FAMILY CARE HEMORRHOIDAL → fexofenadine Fexofenadine HCl → FIRSTLINE MEDICAL the i-stick Povidone-Iodine Antiseptic Ampules fiteBac SkinCare Germicidal Hand Softening → Flawless Tinted Moisturizer Medium SPF 18 FLEBEAUTE COLLAGENIC FOUNDATION SPF20 PA NB21 → flormar REBORN FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 SF13 Nude Ivory flormar REBORN FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 SF16 Beige → FORME COSMETICS DELICIOUS LIP BALM SPF 12 Formu Care Anti Itch maximum strength → Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 Fresh Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation SPF 20 Chalet Girl → FUTURIST AGE RESISTING MAKEUP SPF 15 G G Tron → Gelusil Gelusil Liquid Maximum Strength → Gillette Clinical Strength All Day Fresh Gillette Endurance Arctic Ice Clear → Givenchy TEINT COUTURE Long Wearing Fluid Foundation with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ELEGANT GINGER Givenchy TEINT COUTURE Long Wearing Fluid Foundation with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ELEGANT GOLD → Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Concentrated Therapy Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Concentrated Therapy Cream → good neighbor pharmacy cold multi symptom good neighbor pharmacy cold plus multi symptom → Good Neighbor Pharmacy TabTussin Good Neighbor Pharmacy Tioconazole 1 → Good Sense Milk of Magnesia Good Sense milk of magnesia stimulant free → Gowoonsesang Multi Protection SPF30 GOWOONSESANG PERFECT PORE COVER BB SPF 30 PA PLUS PLUS → 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 Cool Mint LISTERINE ANTISEPTIC MOUTHWASH Handy Solutions Crest Cavity Protection FLUORIDE ANTICAVITY → Head and Shoulders Conditioner Instant Hydration Head and Shoulders Conditioner Instant Relief → health mart allergy complete childrens health mart allergy complete d → Health Smart Medicated Foot Health Smart Natural Epsom Salt → healthy accents pain relief childrens Healthy Accents Pain Relief extra strength → Hemorrodil Unguento Hemorrodil Unguento Plus → Hongo Cura MS Hongo Cura RS → Hydrating day moisture broad spectrum SPF15 Jafra HYDRATING HEALING DAILY THRAPY → HYVEE PRO CLEAN BLUE MINT I I LOVE NY Hand Sanitizer Vanilla Scent → IDOLE CARROT Idole Intense → Infants Pain Reliever Infants Relief Non-Staining Formula → INTENSE CARE GALACTOMYCES WHITENING INTENSE CARE GALACTOMYCES WHITENING ESSENCE → IQ Derma Essentials Life Without Wrinkles SPF 25 IQ Derma regiMEN Hydrating UV Shield SPF 25 → IT RADIANT MULTIPLE CC FOR MAN Itch and Rash Cream → IWK-5 J J and R Perfect Essence Beblesh Balm (40mL) → JNH a-Clear Resurface Sulfur JNH Ato-Care Super Barried ATO-Serum → Justice Vanilla Scent Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer K K CARE OCEAN MIST → Kiehls Since 1851 Facial Fuel UV Guard Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Plus Sunscreen WR80 Kiehls Since 1851 Facial Fuel UV Guard Fast Absorbing Sunscreen for Men SPF 50 Plus → KleerSight KLENSKIN SHOWERON SUNSCREEN SPF-30 → Kymaro Roll on Relief L L OCCITANE Anti-Dandruff Sensitive Scalp → Lady Speed Stick Satin Pear Lady Speed Stick Stainguard Daringly Fresh → LASHappeal Eye Results with SPF 15 Lasting Foundation SPF 12 Merle Norman → LBEL DRY EFFECT 48 LBEL DRY EFFECT 48 ROLL-ON → Leader Antacid Maximum Strength Leader Antacid Regular Strength → leader lubricant eye LEADER LUBRICANT EYE DROPS → Leaders Insolution Coconut Moisturizing Recovery Mask Leaders Mediu 2 Step Double Effect Brightening Mask → Likewise Hand Moisturizer - Sun Protectant SPF 50 Lil Drug Store Allergy Sinus Relief → Little Fevers by Little Remedies Little Fevers Childrens Fever Pain Reliever → LOreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Day Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen LOreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Day Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen → Lucky Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Lucky Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E → Lysol Touch of Foam
M M EROS BODYGLIDE .SUPER CONCENTRATED → MANDARIN ORANGE AND LEMON ANTIBACTERIAL SANITIZER Mandarin Orange Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer → Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 20 Ivory 2 (Drug Facts) Mastic Dent → Maybelline New York Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation → MediBac Clearing Complex Medic Ice → Medline Saline Laxative For Children Medpride → Melvita PROSUN High protection sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Melvita PROSUN High protection sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 → MICRELL Antibacterial Foam Handwash MICRELL Antibacterial Ltn Sp → Miracle of the Mose Hair Bar Miracle Pain Cream → Moisture Renew Rouge (850) Moisture Renew Summer Angel (640) → Mouth Sore Relief Professional Strength Movate Carrot → multi symptom cold relief childrens Multi symptom Nighttime cold and flu relief → Myxcin-C N N - TIME → NasalCrom Nasalub Nasal Relief → Natures Gate Sport Block SPF 50 Natures Gate Sport SPF 20 Mineral → Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Sunscreen SPF 55 Helioplex Neutrogena Clear Pore Acne Treatment → Neutrogena Skin Clearing Neutrogena Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer - Buff 09 → Nicotine Polacrilex, Original nicotine stop smoking aid → Nioxin Scalp Recovery Soothing Serum Niseko Sunscreen SPF 25 → No7 Beautiful Skin Day Dry Very Dry Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 No7 Beautiful Skin day Normal Dry Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 → NoblRose Foam Cleanser NoDoz MAXIMUM STRENGTH ALERTNESS AID → NUDE AND IMPROVED BARE FACE MAKEUP SPF 15 NUGA TOURCIA → Nytol QuickCaps O O BlancTis → oil Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer → Old Spice Red Zone Sweat Defense After Hours Old Spice Red Zone Sweat Defense Champion → Orajel Naturals FAst Relief for Teething Pain Orajel Nighttime Instant Relief for Teething Pain Longer Lasting Extra Strength → Our Family night time severe cold and cough honey lemon infused with chamomile and white tea flavors Our Family Triple Antibiotic → OZ TREE HandMade by Dorothy P P LAX DR → Pain Stopper Extra Pain Stoppers Extra → Patricia Wexler Universal Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 28 Patricks Sunscreen → Pepsodent Complete Care Original PEPSOM FLYING P EPSOM SALT → Pert Plus Dandruff Plus Pert Plus for Men Daily Dandruff → PHYTOGENIC INFINITE FOUNDATION SPF20 NB23 PHYTOGENIC INFINITE FOUNDATION SPF20 NB25 → Pleo Ver Plum Duo Emergency Eyewash → Povidone-Iodine Scrub Solution Swabsticks Triples Povidone-Iodine Scrub Swabstick → Premier Value Chest and Sinus Congestion relief Premier Value Chest Congestion and cough releif DM → Preventage Hand Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Merle Norman Preventage Hand Treatment Merle Norman → procure ProCure Hand Sanitizing → Publix Hydro Publix hydro plus → Purell Alcohol Formulation PURELL Cottony Soft → PYUNG GANG ATO SOON Q Q Health Pain Relief Spray → Quik Spray Quik Wipes → QUITA COLICOS GAS RELIEF DROPS R R-044 Blemish Fix → recover skin boosting moisturizer broad spectrum SPF 15 Jafra gold dynamics Recovery Numb → Relief Relief OTC antacid → REVERDIR AMPOULE 7mL REVERDIR PTD Black Diamond Mask → Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation - Natural Ivory (260) Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation - Nude (340) → Rite Aid RENEWALSPF 50 SPF 50 Rite Aid Sensitive Mint → Roll On Anti Perspirant Alcohol Free Roll On Anti-Perspirant (Alcohol Free) → RUE21 Ocean Breeze Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer RUE21 Peppermint Twist Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer → RYNEX PSE S S Balloon Slim Body Line → Salonpas Pain Relief SALONPAS PAIN RELIEVING → SBS UltraPink Scal tonic shampoo hair care → Secret Clinical Strength Fresh Water Orchid Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Sensitive Hypoallergenic Unscented → Sei Bella Skin Refining Tinted Moisturizer Procelain Sei Bella Skin Refining Tinted Moisturizer Tan → SENSE Daytime Protective Broad Spectrum SPF 15 SENSI CARE CLEAR ZINC → SH 18 Whitening SH18 → SHISEIDO THE MAKEUP PERFECT SMOOTHING COMPACT FOUNDATION (Refill) I00 SHISEIDO THE MAKEUP SHEER MATIFYING COMPACT (REFILL) B00 → ShopRite Infants Simethicone ShopRite Lansoprazole → simply right Night Time Simply Right Omeprazole → SKIN CAVIAR CONCEALER FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN SPF 15 - Sand Beige SKIN CAVIAR CONCEALER FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN SPF 15 - Soft Beige → Sleep Easy Sleep II → Smart Sense Migraine Formula Smart Sense migraine relief → SNAIL THERAPY 70 SPECIAL SET SNAIL THERAPY 80 AMPOULE → Softlips Lip Relief Softlips Marshmallow Ghost → SOLIE EMULSION SOLIE ESSENCE → sound body cold and flu relief Sound Body Extra Strength Cold and Hot → SPF-60 SPF15 sunscreen → Stiptik Stoko Refresh → Suave IS Tropical Paradise Antiperspirant and Deodorant Suave IS Wild Cherry Blossom Antiperspirant and Deodorant → Sun Block SUN BLOCK SPRARY → sunmark anti nausea sunmark anti-itch → Sunmark no drip Sunmark Nose → Super Aqua Day Super Aqua Eye → Supress DM Supress DX Pediatric Drops → supernatural airbrushed canvas broad spectrum spf 15 sunscreen honey T T-CHEM ANTIMICROBIAL HAND → TERRACOTTA JOLI TEINT BEAUTIFYING FOUNDATION WITH SUNSCREEN SUN-KISSED, HEALTHY GLOW BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 DARK TERRACOTTA JOLI TEINT BEAUTIFYING FOUNDATION WITH SUNSCREEN SUN-KISSED, HEALTHY GLOW BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 EBONY → THE SKIN EXTRA BB SPF20 PA THE SPF 18 FLUID TINT → Tiger Balm Muscle Rub Pain Relieving Tiger Balm Neck and Shoulder Rub → Toms Childrens Fluoride Silly Strawberry Prevents cavities / tastes great / dye free Toms Natural Anticavity Peppermint fights cavities freshens breath strengthens enamel → Topcare Cold Topcare Cold and Allergy → Topcare Nasal Topcare Nasal Decongestant Maximum Strength Non Drowsy → Total Eye Care SPF 15 Total Home Antibacterial → triple antibiotic plus maximum strength Triple Antibiotic Plus Pain Relief → Tussin CF Adult Maximum Strength Tussin CF Adult Multi Symptom Cold → Type 3 Sinus Max U U-max Beauty → Ultrasol nature BABY Sunscreen Ultrasol OIL-FREE Sunscreen → up and up cold and sinus Up and Up Cold Flu Relief → US Favorite Hot Pain Relieving Usana Active Calcium → UVA / UVB SPF 15 Rodan and Fields V V SHAPING AMPOULE → Vermocks VerruStat Medicated Plantar Pads → Virtussin DAC Virx → Vortex W Wakefern Enamel Guard → Walgreens Children Glycerin Laxative WALGREENS CLOTRIMAZOLE → WATERMELON FROST SORE THROAT Wearable Dispenser Cartridge SCS → White Tetterine Whitening Foaming → 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-TUSS AC → ZO SKIN HEALTH LEVEL I DAILY SKINCARE PROGRAM Essentials for Healthy Skin ZO SKIN HEALTH LEVEL II ANTI-AGING PROGRAM with Growth Factor Serum Plus → ZZZTime