Over-the counter (OTC) drugs can be purchased without a prescription and are most often used to treat symptoms of common illnesses that may not require the direct supervision of a physician. An OTC medication may be sold both as brand name drug or as a generic drug.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates over-the-counter drugs to assure that they are safe and effective for use by the general public.
Also Known As: nonprescription drug, nonprescription medication
is an antihistamine used to treat the symptoms of hay fever
and itching of the skin caused by hives
. Loratadine tablets are available as a brand name drug (Claritin) and as a generic.
is an anti-inflammatory drug used to reduce inflammation and ease mild to moderate pain. Ibuprofen is often used to treat arthritis
. Ibuprofen is available in numerous generic preparations and several brand name preparations, including Advil and Motrin.