Over the Counter Medications

Drugs that are safe and effective for use by the general public without a prescription are defined as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. These drugs are often located on shelves in pharmacies with easy access by patients, but may also be located in non-pharmacy outlets, such as grocery stores, convenience marts and large discount retailers. In the U.S., there are more than 80 classes of OTC drugs, ranging from allergy medicines to pain relievers to weight loss products.

Please find the list of the UAE drugs by following the link

 

Important tips for using over-the-counter medicines:

  • Always follow the printed directions and warnings. Talk to your health care provider before starting a new medicine.
  • Know what you are taking. Look at the list of ingredients and choose products that have fewer items listed.
  • All medicines become less effective over time and should be replaced. Check the expiration date before using any product.
  • Store medicines in a cool, dry area. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to their provider before taking any new medicine.

Medicines affect children and older adults differently. People in these age groups should take special care when taking over-the-counter medicines.

Check with your provider before taking an over-the-counter medicine if:

  • Your symptoms are very bad.
  • You are not sure what is wrong with you.
  • You have a long-term medical problem or you are taking prescription medicines.