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

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In brief: 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.

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In brief: 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. Connect with a doctor now ›
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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics , 28 years in practice
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In brief: Safety profile

Many medications are introduced after years of research & those found safe & effective are initially approved by the fda for prescription use.
Initial use is monitored for drug reactions. In time the manufacturer can petition for open non-prescription use. Otc approval sometimes comes with conditions such as limiting the dose size & requiring extra safety labeling.

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In brief: Safety profile

Many medications are introduced after years of research & those found safe & effective are initially approved by the fda for prescription use.
Initial use is monitored for drug reactions. In time the manufacturer can petition for open non-prescription use. Otc approval sometimes comes with conditions such as limiting the dose size & requiring extra safety labeling. Need a more personalized answer? ›
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