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Dr. Mark Pack
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Over The Counter Medicines (Overview)

Over-the-counter medicines are drugs that can be legally obtained without a prescription.


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Does health insurance pay for over-the-counter medicines?

Does health insurance pay for over-the-counter medicines?

Varies by insurance.: It all depends on your insurance company. Some insurance plans cover over-the-counter medications. For example, in california, medicaid covers things like generic tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin without any co-pay. Private insurance plans may be different. Usually the best way to find out this information is through the insurer's website. Sometimes finding the info is hard, however, even for doctors! ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
3 doctors shared insights

Over The Counter Medicines (Overview)

Over-the-counter medicines are drugs that can be legally obtained without a prescription.


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How old do you have to be to buy over-the-counter medicines?

How old do you have to be to buy over-the-counter medicines?

Depends: It depends on the medication. If it has no controls anyone with money can purchase the medication unless there are other particular state regulations. ...Read more

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What its the best over-the-counter medicine to give a child for a cold?

What its the best over-the-counter medicine to give a child for a cold?

Depends how old: Most otc meds are not recommended for children under 6. If it is just a common cold, and your child is younger, try a humidifier and suck the mucus out. They have some great devices that are battery operated. Most colds get a bit worse between the 3rd and 5 th day, with mucus changing colors. Keep him hydrated and only give fever reducers if the temp is over 100.5 core temp. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicine can I use to take it away? Or even home remedies?

What over the counter medicine can I use to take it away? Or even home remedies?

Take what away?: What are you trying to take away? Please write back w/more specifics so that we can best address your concerns. Or arrange for a Virtual Consult w/any HealthTap doc. ...Read more

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Low pottasuim ? What number do you have to be? An can I take over-the-counter medicine?

Low pottasuim ? What number do you have to be? An can I take over-the-counter medicine?

Potassium: Different labs have different normal values. Certain medications for high blood pressure can cause potassium to be high or low. Foods that are high in potassium include bananas, oranges/ juice, tomatoes, potatoes, canteloupe. Potassium levels that are too high or low can cause abnormal heart rhythms, so follow up with your dr and adjust medications & diet accordingly. ...Read more

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Best over-the-counter medicines to treat lpr?

Best over-the-counter medicines to treat lpr?

Prevent/Control LPR: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid,nexium). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicine for jock itch?

What over the counter medicine for jock itch?

There R a few.SPRAYS: -opps hit the wrong key. sprats, ointments, creams. Tinactin (tolnaftate) is 1 that comes 2 mind. Just go 2 a pharmacy and look around if embarrassed, otherwise ask a worker where the athletes foot meds R. same thing, different area. not able 2 find a picture. ...Read more

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Is there over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

Is there over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

There are over the: counter products for anxiety but it's far better to see a mental health professional and learn some strategies to cope better. Don't rely on medication alone. www.anxietycoach.com is a good place to start. ...Read more

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What is an over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

What is an over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

There is no : Over the counter anti anxiety medication. You need to get a prescription from a physician or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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