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Banadir Pharmacy: What you Need to Know about OTC Medicines

Have you tried buying medicine from a pharmacy yet you were told that you cannot buy one because you need to have a prescription from your doctor before you can buy it? Have you experienced wanting to buy a certain medicine yet you were told that such is not an OTC so you could not get one? Here are some of the things you need to know about OTC or Over-the-counter medicines.

They are drugs you can buy even without prescription.

Another common term used to characterize OTC medicine is “nonprescription drugs”. OTC drugs are medicines that have been found to be safe and appropriate for use without the supervision of a health care professional such as a physician, and they can be purchased by consumers without a prescription. 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 many countries, like the US, OTC drugs are selected by a regulatory agency like the US Food and Drug Administration, to ensure that they are ingredients that are safe and effective when used without a physician's care.

They are safe and effective.

Have you ever wondered why you couldn’t get the drug you wanted to because it is not an OTC medicine? The reason is that they are safe and effective when you follow the directions on the label and as directed by your health care professional.

Be that as it may, taking OTC medicines still has risks. Some interact with other medicines, supplements, foods or drinks. Others cause problems for people with certain medical conditions. If you're pregnant, talk to your health care provider before taking any medicines.

There is an over-the-counter medicine for almost any pain or discomfort.

Have you felt back pain, headache or stomach-ache? Is it your tooth which is aching? Usually, OTC medicines are available for these situations.

Often, OTC medicines are those drugs which relieve aches, pains and itches. Some prevent or cure diseases, like tooth decay and athlete's foot. Others help manage recurring problems, like migraines. In the U.S., there are more than 80 classes of OTC drugs, ranging from allergy medicines to pain relievers to weight loss products.

Older adults have increased risks for possible adverse effects of OTC drugs.

Older adults are those who usually take many medicines at the same time, including prescription and OTC medicines. Their bodies process medicines differently than younger adults. Hence, older adults need to pay careful attention to drug-drug interactions between OTC and prescription medicines.

If you are one of them, you should talk with your doctor about all of the medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are presently taking. Your doctor can tell you whether you are at risk of having an adverse effect from taking an OTC medicine or not.

Before taking an OTC medicine, ask these questions first.

  1. What is the generic or brand name of the medicine? Is it reliable?
  2. How much do I need to take it?
  3. How often do I have to take it?
  4. What symptoms will this medicine treat?
  5. How long should I continue taking this medicine?
  6. Are there side effects? What are these possible side effects?
  7. Are there special instructions I need to follow in taking this medicine?
  8. What should other medicine, activities or food should I avoid while taking this medicine?

Therefore, if you are thinking of buying an OTC medicine for you or for someone, you should first know this information to be sure that you will take it wisely and safely.