Prescription Medications Overview
All medications sold in the United States can be divided into two categories:
Prescription medications are generally more potent than those sold over-the-counter (OTC), and may have more serious side effects and drug interactions if inappropriately used. Therefore, these medications are only sold under a prescriber's direction. These directions are written or typed on a prescription by the prescriber, then double-checked, packaged, and sold to you by a pharmacist.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/25/2014