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

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TIME → Day Time Cold Flu Relief Day Time Cold Head Congestion Severe → DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew Broad Spectrum SPF 15 DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew UV Moisturizer SPF 15 → Degree For Women Classic Romance Antiperspirant and Deodorant Degree For Women Delicious Bliss Antiperspirant and Deodorant → DERM-APPLY Derma 1 Healthcare Hand Wash → DESPEC DESPEC DM → DG Health Pain Reliever dg health pain reliever extra strength → DigiSan E Foam Hand Sanitizer DigiSan Hand Sanitizer → DISCOUNT DRUG MART ORIGINAL FLAVOR MOUTHWASH DISCOUNT DRUG MART SPRING MINT MOUTHWASH → Dorflex Icy Hot Flexible, Small Dots Apple Cinnamon Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer → Dover Coldonyl DR BELLS POMADE → Dr. Scholls One Step Corn Removers Dr. Scholls Ultra Thin Corn Removers → Duane Reade Sunscreen SPF 70 Dukal Alcohol Prep Pad → Dynashield with Dimethicone E E ENZYME → ED-A-HIST PSE ED-CHLORTAN → Enchanted Forest Hand Sanitizer Bodycology Enchanted Moments Berries and Cream Hand Sanitizer → equaline anti itch maximum strength equaline anti nausea → EQUALINE TOLNAFTATE ANTIFUNGAL equaline triple antibiotic → equate night time cold and cough childrens equate nighttime sleep aid → esika Maximum Color Lipstick SPF 18 ESIKA Maximum Color SPF 18 → EVEN BETTER MAKEUP SPF 15 EVENS AND CORRECTS EVEN BETTER SKIN TONE CORRECTING MOISTURIZER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 → Extra Strength Pain Relief Acetaminophen Extra Strength Pain Relief PM → EZY-TM F fabulous face spf 15 → family wellness anti diarrheal Family Wellness Antifungal → FIRMING AND MOISTURIZING BODY FIRMING DAY SPF 30 → FLAWLESS FINISH PERFECTLY NUDE MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF 15 SHADE HONEY BEIGE FLAWLESS FINISH PERFECTLY NUDE MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF 15 SHADE LINEN → flormar REBORN FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 SF33 Chocolate flormar Soft Touch Foundation Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ST01 Light Pink → FormuCare Nasal Spray Original FormuCare Ranitidine → Freshorize hand sanitizer freshscent Anti-Bacterial → FUTURIST AGE RESISTING MAKEUP SPF 15 G G Tron → GenRx Daily Defense Antifungal GenRx Daily Defense Skin Repairing → GILTUSS PEDIATRIC GILTUSS TOTAL RELEASE → glytone retexturize body glytone retexturize hand → Good Care Sterile Scrub Brush with PCMX Good Care Surgical Brush With Nail Cleaner → good neighbor pharmacy migraine relief good neighbor pharmacy milk of magnesia → good sense day time Good Sense dayhist allergy → good sense vagicaine anti itch Good to Go Hand Sanitizer → Gum Drop Hand Sanitizer Gumsol → GYNOX-SOFT H H E B MAX SEVERE CONGESTION and COUGH Maxium Strength → Hand Complex Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Jafra Hand Essentials Antibacterial → harmon face values allergy relief harmon face values anti diarrheal → Head and Shoulders Men Active Sport Head and Shoulders Men Active Sport 2in1 → Health Mart Mucus ER Health Mart Multi-Symptom Cold and Flu Night Time → healthy accents day time night time healthy accents daytime → Heeltastic Hello → Holiday EleganceFrosted GingerbreFrosted Gingerbre Frosted Gingerbread Holiday ElegancePeppermint Twist Peppermint Twist Peppermint Twist → Hy5 Alcohol Free Fragrance Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer HYALURONIC ACID COLLAGEN ESSENCE MASK → HyVee Ultra Concentrated Green Apple Scent I I LOVE NY Hand Sanitizer Vanilla Scent → IHS 2000 INSTANT HAND SANITIZER Ili Hand Sanitizer Instant → Insect Sting Relief Wipes INSTA-CHAR AQUEOUS → Intervene Makeup SPF 15 Soft Shell Intervene Makeup SPF 15 Soft Sunbeige → Isomers Sunscreen with UV pearls Broad Spectrm SPF 20 Isopro First Aid → 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 → Kimvent Oral Care Toothbrush pack Kimvent Q2 oral care kit → Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation WT-00 Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Makeup Color Base Green → Kymaro Roll on Relief L L OCCITANE Anti-Dandruff Sensitive Scalp → Ladys Choice Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant Powder Fresh Ladys Choice Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant Shower Fresh → laura mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen TAN laura mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen TAWNY → LBEL LEDERM 55plus Jour SPF 15 Facial Treatment Against Advanced Signs of Aging Day - All Skin Types LBEL Lip Moisturizer SPF 18 → Leader Day Time Leader Day time Cough and Cold Childrens → leader pain reliever extra strength leader pain reliever infants → Lidocaine Hydrochloride LIDOCARE MIST → Listerine Total Care Zero FreshMint Listerine Ultraclean Antiseptic Arctic Mint → LOreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Day Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen LOreal Paris Dermo Expertise SPF 15 Active Daily Moisture → Lucky Sanitizing Hand Towels Lucky Super Soft Anti Cavity with Free Toothbrush → Lysol Touch of Foam
M M EROS BODYGLIDE .SUPER CONCENTRATED → MANGO BUTTER LIPSTICK SPF 10 Mango Madness Anti Bacterial Foaming Hand → MATTE MOISTURE TINT SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 HAZEL MATTE MOISTURE TINT SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 Linen → MDSolarSciences SPF40 Ultra-Sport MDSolarSciences SPF50 Plus Ultra Mineral Screen → Medique Alamag Medique Alamag Plus → Meijer Glisten White Meijer Honey Lemon Cough Drops → Mertodol Solution Mesima → Mint Glaze FX mint milk of magnesia → Moisture Renew Latino (240) Moisture Renew Mauve Pink (460) → Motto Mountain Series Weekender Medical → Multi-Symptom Mapap Cold Formula Multi-Symptom Menstrual Pain Relief → Myxcin-C N N - TIME → Natria Brightening SPF 15 Natria Nourishing Daily Defense → Neo DM Neo DM DROPS DM → Neutrogena Healthy Skin Firming Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF15 Neutrogena Healthy Skin Firms and Lifts SPF15 → Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Daily Sun Protection SPF55 → Night time multi symptom cold / flu relief Night Time MULTI-SYMPTOM COLD / FLU RELIEF → Nivea For Men Protective Nivea For Men Q10 Energy → No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Day Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 No7 Protect and Perfect Skincare System Day Sunscreen SPF 15 → Novolin R Noxzema → Nytol QuickCaps O O BlancTis → Oil Free Blackhead Removal Scrub Oil Free Foaming Facial Cleanser → Old Spice Wild Collection Hawkridge Invisible Old Spice Wild Collection Lionpride Invisible → Oral Dent Blue Mint Oral Dent Citrus → OXY Daily Defense Advanced Facial Cleanser Aloe Cucumber Extract OXY Daily Defense Advanced Facial Cleanser Citrus Extract → OZ TREE HandMade by Dorothy P P LAX DR → Pan Aromas Baby Panache → PEANUTS ANTI-CAVITY FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE Pear Anti-bacterial foaming Hand Wash → Perfecting Liquid Foundation Golden Beige SPF 15 Perfecting Liquid Foundation Golden Bronze SPF 15 → phenylephrine hydrochloride Phenylhistine DH → PLACENTA EX EMULSION PLACENTA EX ESSENCE → Povidone Iodine Solution First Aid Antiseptic Povidone Iodine Surgical Scrub → PREMIER VALUE TOLNAFTATE ANTIFUNGAL Premier Value Triple Antibiotic → Pro-Tect SPF 20 Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum UVA / UVB Sunscreen Pro-Tect SPF 30 Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum UVA / UVB Sunscreen → Protective and Moisturizing Skin Protective Foundation Sunscreen SPF 15 → Pure Petroleum Pure Petroleum Cocoa Butter Scented → Pyril DM Pyrilamine Maleate and Phenylephrine Hydrochloride → 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 Clear-Aid Skin Protectant Remedy Dimethicone Moisture Barrier → Rexall Arthritis Pain rexall aspirin → Rite Aid Anti-Cavity, Anti-Gingivitis Rite Aid anti-itch → ROBITUSSIN NIGHT TIME COUGH AND COLD Robitussin Peak Cold Cough Plus Chest Congestion DM → Royal Hand Sanitizer Royal Mouthwash Fresh and Clean Original Mint → rx act stomach relief Rx Act Tussin CF Cough and Cold → RYNEX PSE S S2 → Sandy Beige Always Color Stay-On Makeup SPF 10 Sani → Schein Triple Antibiotic School Health Sterile Alcohol Prep Pad → Secret Outlast and Olay Smooth Protecting Secret Outlast and Olay Smooth Protecting Powder → SENNA TIME SENNA TIME S → SEUK Severe Allergy → SHISEIDO SHEER AND PERFECT FOUNDATION I00 SHISEIDO SHEER MATIFYING COMPACT (REFILL) D10 → ShopRite Cough DM ShopRite Day Calm → simply right ibuprofen Simply Right Lansoprazole → skin elements liquid veil foundation broad spectrum SPF 25 GOLDEN MEDIUM skin elements liquid veil foundation broad spectrum SPF 25 LIGHT → Smart San Healthcare Personnel Handwash smart sense 12 hour decongestant → smart sense pain relief 8 hour smart sense pain relief childrens → Sodium Bicarbonate Sodium Bicarbonate Antacid → SoftSoap Antiseptic Hand Wash Softsoap Aquatic Splash Antibacterial with light Moisturizers → Sooryehan Dabityoon Jiyoon Two way cake 23 SOORYEHAN HYO FERMENTED SUN BLOCK → Speed Stick Sport Talc Speed Stick Sport Talc Antiperspirant Deodorant → stila bronzing tinted moisturizer oil-free SPF 20 Stila CC Color Correcting Broad-Spectrum SPF 20 (All Shades) → Suave Cocoa Butter Antiperspirant and Deodorant Suave Everlasting Sunshine Antiperspirant and Deodorant → Summer Breeze Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash Summer Citrus Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash → sunmark antibiotic plus pain relief sunmark antifungal → sunmark omeprazole Sunmark pain and fever childrens → Super Aqua Toner SUPER AQUA-SERUM BB HYDRA BEAUTY BALM WITH SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 25 LIGHT → Sure for Men Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Outdoor Sport Sure for Women → System TLC Anti-dandruff T T-CHEM ANTIMICROBIAL HAND → Terrasil Boil Pain Relief Terrasil Cold Sore Treatment → Thera Plus THERA RX → TING Athetes foot Ting Spray Powder → Topcare Allergy Relief TopCare Allergy Relief 24 hour → TopCare Heartburn Relief 150 Topcare Hemorrhoidal → TOPCO ANTIBACTERIAL Topco Arthritis 8 Hour → TRIAMINIC Night Time Cold and Cough TRIBIOTIC → Tusnel DM Pediatric Tusnel Pediatric → 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 Junior up and up ibuprofen pm → UVA / UVB SPF 15 Rodan and Fields V V SHAPING AMPOULE → Vertra SPF 50 Foundation Sunscreen Face Translucent Verucide Physician Formula → Vitalizer Vitalizer C10 Ampoule → Vortex W Wakefern Enamel Guard → Walgreens Hydrocortisone Plus 12 Moisturizers WALGREENS INSTANT HAND SANITIZER → Wellness Products VictoRx WellPatch Backache Pain Relief → Womens Laxative Womens Mitchum Advanced Invisible Antiperspirant Deodorant Solid Clean Control → WYANDOTTE SANIFECT FOAM-E II X X FOLATE → Xylishield Y Y LAX DR → Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Z Z-COF 1 → 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