Non-prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs (OTC Medications) are drugs that can help prevent diseases or even cure them, prevent or reduce pain / inflammation, stop migraine headaches, prevent or alleviate allergy symptoms and more.
Effective and safe non-prescription drugs / medications are available to the public without the need for a visit to your physician and without the requirement of prescription to purchase them.
Why Non-Prescription drugs / Over-The Counter Drugs?
There is a reason why those drugs are labeled as prescription drugs. It is because they can be dangerous if taken incorrectly or in excess, if taken and it affects the body in adverse ways and severely affect regular body / cell functions.
It is important to know that the 3rd leading cause of death or disease are from consumers taking drugs that are prescribed by their own physicians.
Prescription drugs may not always be a cure for the disease but a way to mask the symptoms or cause abnormal cellular function or side effects.
FDA Approves Ingredients In Non-prescription Drugs / Over-The-Counter Drugs
Non-prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs are given this classification with stringent approval by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) because they ingredients in the non-prescription drugs are deemed not only effective but safe for the user (as long as the directions are followed on the label) and the dosages are able to be tolerated well plus they have very little potential for addiction or abuse.
The over-the-counter drug labels indicate the safety warnings, directions on how to use the product, active and inactive ingredients.
Lowered Risk With Non-Prescription Drugs vs Prescription Drugs
There are still risks inherent with taking them though:
Non-prescription drugs and Over-the-counter drugs are generally safe to take as long as the user is following the recommended dosage listed on the drug facts label on the bottle or package.
It is also important to not that, if stated on the product label, to not combine other medications or supplements with the drug that one is taking. There are other medical conditions that may arise if certain ingredients happen to interact.
If symptoms or conditions are not improved by taking the over-the-counter medication it is advised to discontinue its use. Trying to increase doses outside the recommended dosages can increase the risk and danger to oneself and should never be done.
Real Benefits of Non-prescription Drugs
- These drugs / products do not require a visit to the doctor / physician
- Patient does not need to be assessed by the doctor whether he/she should be taking the product
- Consumers are generally able to purchase Non-prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs (OTC Medications) without the need for a prescription
- They are effective in reduction, prevention or curing of certain conditions or diseases
- Much lower likelihood for abuse of non-prescription drugs / over-the-counter drugs
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to strictly monitor the sales and trends of non-prescription drugs / over-the-counter drugs.
Generally, non-prescription drugs are safe enough where they do not need the patient using the product to be assessed and/or supervised for use.