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Over-the-Counter Medicines


Medicines a person can buy without a prescription are called nonprescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. They may be taken to treat minor health problems at home.

Examples of over-the-counter medicines are acetaminophen, aspirin, antacids, decongestants, antihistamines, and laxatives.

It's important to talk to the doctor about what medicines may not be safe to give children.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerMargaret Hetherington, B.Sc.Phm., PharmD - Pharmacy
Last RevisedJuly 6, 2011

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