Over-the-Counter Medications: What's Right for You?

Over-the-Counter Medications: What's Right for You?

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications don't require a prescription, but they're still drugs, and their misuse leads to 178,000 hospitalizations a year. Over-the-Counter Medications: What's Right for You? (15 pages, PDF), published by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the Food and Drug Administration, provides advice for consumers about self-care, how to read OTC labels and store medications properly, and the effects of OTC medications on pregnant or breast-feeding women as well as on children.