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A 29-year-old female asked:

why isn't diflucan (fluconazole) over-the-counter ? why are some medication otc and some precription only ? what goes into fda making a decision to go otc ?

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Dr. R Condon Hughes
Dermatopathology 41 years experience
Side effects: The main reason medications are prescription vs over the counter concerns the side effects of the medication. If a medication has many side effects, it is the doctors responsibility to be sure it is safe for the patient to use. Otc drugs generally have less side effects or complications.

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