Do you know if a medication you take is available without a prescription? If it is, you can get the relief you need by choosing an over-the-counter (OTC) product.
There are more than 100,000 medications available on your drugstore’s shelf that contain ingredients previously available by prescription only. And OTC medications are safe, effective, and often very affordable.
Some OTC products contain the exact same ingredients in the same dose as prescription drugs, but usually have a lower price tag. And like all drugs, the safety and purity of OTC medications are regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Using OTC alternatives to prescription drugs can save you time and money. You can get the medication you need, when you need it, without a prescription from your doctor.
Choose to save – and talk with your doctor or pharmacist about your OTC options.
Using OTC medications is an easy way to be more active in your health care – and get the relief you need when you need it. Learn the facts about OTC, so you can make smart choices about the medications you take.
While drug companies spend billions of dollars a year on developing new prescription drugs, more than 700 medications previously only available by prescription are now available over the counter – no prescription necessary. And over-the-counter (OTC) medications usually cost less than their prescription alternatives.