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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OBERON NATURAL BABY → Duane Reade Duane Reade Aloe Vera Pain Relieving → Dynashield with Dimethicone E E ENZYME → ED-A-HIST PSE ED-CHLORTAN → Enbac skin antiseptic / sanitizer contains aloe vera Encare → Equaline Antacid regular strength Equaline Anti Diarrheal → equaline pain relief pm extra strength equaline sinus congestion and pain daytime → Equate Maximum Strength Spot Treatment EQUATE MEDICATED DANDRUFF → Esika EXUS Roll-On ESIKA FLOWERY Roll-On → Eucerin Eczema Relief Instant Therapy Eucerin Everyday Protection Body → Extra Strength Backache Relief Extra Strength Cold n Hot Pain Relief Medicated → EZY-TM F fabulous face spf 15 → FAMILY WELLNESS ADVANCED EYE DROPS family wellness anti diarrheal → Firmarine Moisturizer SPF 30 FIRMING AND MOISTURIZING BODY → FLAWLESS FINISH PERFECTLY NUDE MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF 15 SHADE CREAM NUDE FLAWLESS FINISH PERFECTLY NUDE MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF 15 SHADE GOLDEN NUDE → flormar REBORN FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 SF24 Medium flormar REBORN FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 SF27 Capuccino → Formucare Athletes Foot Maximum Strength FormuCare Cough Syrup DM → Freshmint Premium Anticavity Freshmint Sensitive Toothpaste → FUTURIST AGE RESISTING MAKEUP SPF 15 G G Tron → GenRx All Purpose Cleansing GenRx Cala Zinc Skin Healing → Gillette Sport Invisible Sport Triumph Gillette Sport Invisible Training Day → Glytone acne treatment facial cleanser Glytone acne treatment flesh tinted acne → GOOD AFTERNOON BERRY BERRY TEA BB SPF35 PA PLUS PLUS NO.2 Good Care Alcohol Pad → GOOD NEIGHBOR PHARMACY LUBRICANT EYE DROPS good neighbor pharmacy lubricating plus → Good Sense Complete good sense complete lice treatment → good sense tussin cf max good sense tussin chest congestion → Guiafenesin Guiatuss → GYNOX-SOFT H H E B MAX SEVERE CONGESTION and COUGH Maxium Strength → Hand Cleanse - Ocean Fresh Hand Cleanse - Strawberry Pomegranate → Hansan Foam Hansan Spray → Head and Shoulders Dual Sachets Classic Clean Head and Shoulders Dual Sachets Full and Strong → health mart cold and allergy childrens Health Mart Cold and Cough childrens → healthy accents antacid healthy accents antacid extra strength → healthy mama eaZZZe THE PAIN healthy mama MOVE IT ALONG → Hielo Ardiente High Blood Pressure Chest Congestion and Cough → Humco Mineral Oil Heavy Humco Mineral Oil Light → HyVee Brilliant White HyVee Cold Sore Treatment → 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 → islander spf6 Iso-Blu Alcohol → IWK-5 J J and R Perfect Essence Beblesh Balm (40mL) → Junior Strength Pain and Fever Relief Wild Grape Flavor Junior Strength Pain Relief → Justice Vanilla Scent ANTI BAC HAND SANITIZER K K CARE OCEAN MIST → Kimvent Oral Care Q4 Kit Kimvent Oral Care Toothbrush pack → Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation BE-1 Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation WT-00 → Kymaro Roll on Relief L L OCCITANE Anti-Dandruff Sensitive Scalp → Lady Speed Stick Teen Spirit Pink Crush Ladys Choice Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant Coconut Lime → laura mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen MOCHA Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen NATURAL → LBEL HYDRA CALME SPF 15 Intensive Moisturizing Facial LBEL HYDRATESS long-lasting intense moisturizing SPF 20 - MOKA → Leader Cold Head Congestion Leader Congestion Relief → Leader Oral Pain Relief Anesthetic LEADER ORIGINAL FORMULA → lice killing lice kit → LiquiTears Liquituss GG → Lorac Foundation Light Beige SPF20 Lorac Foundation Light SPF20 → Lubricant Eye Plus Lubricant PM → Lysol Touch of Foam
M M EROS BODYGLIDE .SUPER CONCENTRATED → Manefit Bling Bling Whitening Platinum Hydrogel Mask Manefit Bling Bling Wrinkle Gold Hydro Gel Mask → Match Perfection SPF 18 True Ivory 130 MATCHMASTER FOUNDATION SPF 15 → McKesson Fluoride McKesson Nite Time → Medicated Wipes Hemorrhoidal Wipes with Witch Hazel MEDICATED-PADS Hemorrhoidal Pads with Witch Hazel → Meijer Burn Relief Aloe Vera Pain Relieving Gel MEIJER CAPSAICIN → Mentholatum Mentholatum Deep Heating Rub Extra Strength → MINERALIZE SATIN FOUNDATION SPF 15 FOUNDATION MINERALIZE SPF 15 FOUNDATION LOOSE → Moderate Protection Sun SPF 15 Modern Pain Medicine → Moore Medical Non Aspirin Moore Medical Sinus Pain and Pressure Relief → Mucus Relief Severe Cough and Congestion Mulling Spices Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash → Myxcin-C N N - TIME → Natria Brightening SPF 15 Natria Nourishing Daily Defense → NBF Gingival Neo AC → Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF20 - Ivory to Fair 10 Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Broad Spectrum SPF15 → Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF15 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100 Plus → Night Time Cough Cherry night time cough relief → Nivea A Kiss of Recovery Medicated Lip Care Nivea A Kiss of Shimmer Radiant Lip Care → No7 Protect and Perfect Foundation Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Calico No7 Protect and Perfect Foundation Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Cool Beige → Nostrilla NOTUSS PE → Nytol QuickCaps O O BlancTis → Oil Free Blackhead Removal Scrub Oil Free Foaming Facial Cleanser → Old Spice Sweat Defense Champion Old Spice Wild Collection Bearglove Invisible → Oral Cleansing and Suctioning System, q2 Oral Cleansing and Suctioning System, q4 → OXY Cleansing Pads Mild OXY Clinical Advanced Face Wash → OZ TREE HandMade by Dorothy P P LAX DR → Pamprin Max Menstrual Pain Relief Pamprin Multisymptom Menstrual Pain Relief → PEACH SAKE PORE BB SPF20 PA Plus Number1 Light Beige PEACH SAKE PORE BB SPF20 PA Plus Number2 Natural Beige → perfect truth cc broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen Ole Henriksen perfect truth cc eye broad spectrum SPF 15 OleHenriksen → PHACE BIOACTIVE SOOTHING DAY Plus PRIMER BROAD-SPECTRUM SPF 46 Pharbedryl → Pink Antibacterial Pink Bismuth → POMADA DRAGON PAIN RELIEVING Pomegranate Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash → PREMIER VALUE ALLERGY Premier Value Antibacterial Hand sanitizingenriched with ALO enriched with ALOE VERA → PrimaDerm Anti-dandruff PrimaGuard Daily Care Skin Protectant → PROCURE VITAMIN A AND D Skin Protectant procureFirst Aid Antibio First Aid Antibiotic → Publix UltraDish Detergent Publix UltraDish Detergent Green Apple Scent → Purgo Ultra Foam Purgo Ultra PC → 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 Calazime Skin Protectant Remedy Cleansing Body → rexall allergy relief rexall allergy relief non drowsy → Ringl Risk Force Invisible Solid Antiperspirant → Robafen AC Robafen Cough → Rouge Dior Serum de Rouge Luminous Color Lip Treatment 660 Rouge Dior Serum de Rouge Luminous Color Lip Treatment 850 → rx act nasal decongestant pe non drowsy maximum strength rx act nasal extra moisturizing → RYNEX PSE S S Balloon Slim Body Line → Sanatos Day Sanatos Night → Scaredy Cat Antibacterial Hand Scarguard MD → Secret Invisible Solid Spring Breeze Secret Invisible Solid Unscented → SENEXON-S Senior B → Sephora Super Lisseur Rides SPF 15 Age Defy Moisture Septicare → SHISEIDO ADVANCED HYDRO-LIQUID COMPACT (REFILL) D10 SHISEIDO ADVANCED HYDRO-LIQUID COMPACT (REFILL) I00 → ShopRite Acid Reducer Maximum Strength ShopRite Adult Tussin → Simply Beige Always Color Stay-On Makeup SPF 10 Simply Beige Perfecting makeup SPF 25 Merle Norman → SKIN CAVIAR CONCEALER FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN SPF 15 - Beige SKIN CAVIAR CONCEALER FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN SPF 15 - Creme Blush → Sleep Sleep Aid → Smart Sense migraine relief smart sense mucus er → SNAIL THERAPY 80 AMPOULE SNAIL THERAPY 80 EMULSION → Softlips Pure Lip Gloss Natural Softlips Pure Lip Gloss Pink → SOLV X Solves - aspirin Cherry → SPARTAN E2 HAND WASH AND SANITIZER SPARTAN LITE N FOAMY E2 HAND WASH AND SANITIZER → STANBACK StaphWash Plus → Stratuscare Milk of Magnesia Sugar Free Strawberry Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer → Sugar Free Smooth Texture, Berry Flavor SUGAR FREE SWISS CHERRY HERB THROAT DROPS → Sunblock Sunbrellas Family Sunblock SPF 45 → Sunmark Junior Rapid Melts sunmark lansoprazole → Sunzen Broad Spectrum SPF 8 SunZone Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen Broad Spectrum → supernatural airbrushed canvas broad spectrum spf 15 sunscreen fair supernatural airbrushed canvas broad spectrum spf 15 sunscreen honey → Symmetry Non-Alcohol Foaming Hand Sanitizer Symmetry Non-Alcohol Foaming Hand Sanitizer with Allantoin and Aloe → System TLC Anti-dandruff T T-CHEM ANTIMICROBIAL HAND → TERRASIL ANTI-FUNGAL TREATMENT Terrasil Anti-Fungal Treatment MAX → THE YEON STYLE Y Y GLAM LUMINOUS CC THE YEON STYLE Y Y GLAM WATER BOMB CC → Timeless EGF Power Toner Timeless Placenta Bound → top care flu and sore throat Top Care Medicated → topcare fever reducer topcare fexofenadine hydrochloride → Topcare stay awake maximum strength Topcare Stomach Relief → Triacting Cough and Sore Throat Grape Triacting Day Time with PE → Tucks Hemorrhoidal Tucks Internal Soothers Hemorrhoidal → 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 Elemental Resistance Mick Fanning Signature SPF 28 Vertra SPF 35 Foundation Sunscreen Face Natural Beige → Visine Totality Multi Symptom Relief Vita Fresh → Vortex W Wakefern Enamel Guard → Walgreens Daytime Wal-Flu Severe Cold and Cough Berry infused with Menthol and Green Tea flavors Walgreens First Aid Antiseptic → well at walgreens lansoprazole WELL AT WALGREENS PINK GRAPEFRUIT → Witch Hazel ReadyInCase Witches Brew Antibacterial Hand → WYANDOTTE SANIFECT FOAM-E II X X FOLATE → Xylishield Y Y LAX DR → Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Z Z-COF 1 → ZIT ZAPPER ZNP Bar → ZZZTime