Over-The-Counter Drugs Are Aspirin, Painkillers, And Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory
Over-the-counter drugs are commonly known as OTC (over-the-counter) medicine. These types of
medicines are generally available without a doctor's prescription and can be bought directly from
the retailer, without a physician's approval. Some countries have legalized the selling of over-the-
counter drugs, but the US government does not. Therefore, it is illegal to sell any type of over-the-
counter drugs in the US without a prescription, except those that are specifically authorized to be
sold by a licensed health care practitioner under federal law.
The most common over-the-counter drugs are aspirin, painkillers, and nonsteroidal anti-
inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These are readily available in drugstores, both online and offline.
Other drugs not required to be sold by a prescription are antibiotics and certain vitamins. It is up to
the buyer to ask the pharmacist if a drug is meant to be sold without a prescription and to find out if
it is allowed in their country. Some vitamins and drugs have been found to have harmful side effects
when taken with alcohol.
Some over-the-counter drugs are not sold over the counter at all but must be prescribed by a
physician. One popular example is a painkiller, such as an acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These are
typically sold as a nasal spray, in pill form, or as an injection. Many other over-the-counter drugs
may also be sold as a combination product called an NSAID/tension reliever. This type of drug is
not intended to be taken over long periods of time, and should not be used in conjunction with
If someone is taking over-the-counter drugs, it is important to remember that they need a
prescription for these drugs. Not all over-the-counter drugs will carry a pharmacist's prescription.
Many over-the-counter medications may not require a prescription before being sold.
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