What does OTC stand for when discussing medications?


When you're discussing meds, OTC stands for "over-the-counter." OTC drugs are those you can purchase without a prescription at a pharmacy or other retail store.

People use OTC medications to treat a variety of common illnesses, including headaches, colds, allergies, and upset stomachs. When using an OTC med, be sure to follow the instructions on the drug's label, and watch out for interactions with other medications or your pre-existing medical conditions.


I haven't taken a non-OTC med in years. I don't have time to go to the doctor
A Reddit user looking for an OTC runny nose remedy
A Reddit user looking for an OTC runny nose remedy

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Updated January 12, 2023

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