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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
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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