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Can i buy antibiotic ointment over-the-counter or do I need a prescription?

Can i buy antibiotic ointment over-the-counter or do I need a prescription?

Yes: There are a variety of antibiotic ointments that one can purchase "over the counter, " like "bacitracin" or "neosporin" or "triple antibiotic ointment." brand names, pharmacy named brands and generic brands are essentially the same, except for price. Some have other ingredients in them like pain medicine. Have your pharmacist direct you to the isle that has the ointments you are looking for. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bad mood swings and I lash out. is there anything that I can buy that's not over-the-counter and have to have a prescription for ?

What to do if I have bad mood swings and I lash out. is there anything that I can buy that's not over-the-counter and have to have a prescription for ?

Go talk to a : counselor to find out if you have a mood disorder or a personality disorder known as borderline personality disorder. The two have entirely different treatments and causes. Mood disorders are chemical and hereditary. treatment is therapy and meds. BPD is caused by dysfunctional upbringing that requires Dialectical therapy and you may need meds if you have co-occurring disorders. ...Read more

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I am so scared to do a D&C since losing my baby. Can I buy misoprostol or any abortion pill over the counter or get a prescription?

I am so scared to do a D&C since losing my baby. Can I buy misoprostol or any abortion pill over the counter or get a prescription?

No: The risks of a miscarriage with no D & C is retention of products of conception which can get infected and potentially prevent future conception. No, there is no ability to buy a Rx for misoprostol in the USA. ...Read more

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What is the cream for ringworm that i can get it over-the-counter my son is only 8 yrs. Old and have this ringworm... Looking for a cream that i can buy from the pharmacy without any prescription....

What is the cream for ringworm that i can get it over-the-counter my son is only 8 yrs. Old and have this ringworm... Looking for a cream that i can buy from the pharmacy without any prescription....

Clotrimazole : Clotrimazole is the generic name for the over the counter cream that treats ringworm. Apply 2-3 times a day for a few weeks until the lesion disappears completely and then some. Keep it covered for the first day of treatment (or longer if you want to) to prevent spread. Your child will need to see his doctor for a stronger medication if the ringworm is on his scalp, continues to spread after treatment at home or if it doesn't get better after 4 weeks of treatment at home.


Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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Do I need a prescription to purchase a bronchodilator inhaler in Canada or can I buy it over the counter. If yes, is a walk-in clinic alright?

Do I need a prescription to purchase a bronchodilator inhaler in Canada or can I buy it over the counter. If yes, is a walk-in clinic alright?

Yes: you need a prescription, and walk-in clinic can help, your best bet though is to have a regular doctor, and later an asthma specialist if need be, good luck ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can buy (cipro (ciprofloxacin) xr, doxycycline) over-the-counter without having prescription?

Doctors, do you think I can buy (cipro (ciprofloxacin) xr, doxycycline) over-the-counter without having prescription?

No you can not in NJ: No you can not in New jersey or any other state in USA
You need a prescription from a Physician/Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant or a Podiatrist ...Read more

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What determines over-the-counter drugs versus prescription ones?

What determines over-the-counter drugs versus prescription ones?

No prescription need: Otc drugs - the ones when no prescription needed to buy them at the pharmacy. It is usually vitamins, anti-inflammatory, cold medication, anti-allergic, herbal, etc. They won't cause significant side effects, but may cause an interaction with the prescribed drugs. ...Read more

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Are there any prescription meds or over the counter products to help me gain weight?

Are there any prescription meds or over the counter products to help me gain weight?

Yes / Why!: There are a lot of over the counter supplements that are high calorie protein supplements that can help, some are available by prescription or OTC and there are medications that can help with weight gain, the OTC ones promising muscle bulk are hype for the most part. The real question here is why? Does it run in the family? Are you underweight? Losing weight? Thyroid checked? Adrenals checked? ...Read more

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Are there over-the-counter pills for anxiety or do I need a prescription?

Are there over-the-counter pills for anxiety or do I need a prescription?

Possibly: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) [an antihistamine] is sometimes used to treat anxiety. That being said, it's much safer and more effective if you get a prescribed medication, and have your anxiety followed by a physician. In addition, counseling, exercise, meditation, meaningful activity and support from friends/loved ones can also help anxiety enormously. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter inhalers good for you or should you get a prescription?

Are over-the-counter inhalers good for you or should you get a prescription?

In general not good: In general otc inhalers are not great. Like otc nasal sprays that can cause rebound and problems if used for more than a few days in a row. If you need something to help you breath you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an over-the-counter drug and a prescription drug?

Medications: that you can buy at a store or online without seeing a doctor are considered "OTC"/over the counter. If a doctor prescribes a medication that is considered a prescription medication. ...Read more

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Can I still have Miralax as a prescription medication or is it only over the counter now?

Can I still have Miralax as a prescription 
medication or is it only over the counter now?

Hard to say: This is something specific to your health care plan.Rule changes by the IRS removed over the counter products from those available as deductible on most HSA plans. Some insurers might cover this, others would not.Writing the script is the easy part.Getting it covered might be a problem.If you pay out of pocket, you would avoid the pharmacist service charge by buying it off the shelf. ...Read more

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What is best & safest remedies, over-the-counter meds or prescription meds for an 8 month old with bad ezecema on cheeks that never clears up? Help!

What is best & safest remedies, over-the-counter meds or prescription meds for an 8 month old with bad ezecema on cheeks that never clears up? Help!

Topical steroids : The first thing is that you should limit wiping with abrasive wipes-water is good to wipe food away. Moisterization of all skin is essential. I like cerave for wash & cerave lotion. This creates a barrier that protects skin from irritants. If those changes don't work, rx class 6-7 topical steroids twice daily to area x 2 weeks should help calm inflammation.Use sparingly and can alt w protopic0.03%. ...Read more

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Over the counter treatment for trichy? Without a prescription.

Over the counter treatment for trichy? Without a prescription.

Trichomoniasis (?): If you are asking about treatment for trichomoniasis (commonly known as: Trich), a common sexually transmitted disease (STD), there is no over-the-counter treatment available. Trich requires treatment with a specific antibiotic, metronidazole (Flagyl). It is the only drug that should be used to treat trichomoniasis. If you think you may have trich, you should be tested and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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