What you need to know about over-the-counter drugs
Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are medicines you can buy without a health provider's prescription. They're used to treat many common illnesses and they're generally safe when used as directed. But misusing OTC drugs can have serious consequences. This newly revised and updated pamphlet cautions people to use OTC drugs with care. Also available in Spanish.
- Explains what OTC drugs are and how they work
- Notes that OTC drugs are usually safe when used as directed
- Describes misuse and why it's risky
- Answers common questions about when to check with a provider
- Offers tips for safe use
- Lists special precautions for common OTC drugs