So, what exactly is OTC?
OTC stands for over-the-counter (non-prescription) drugs.
OTC drugs are medicines that consumers can buy directly from pharmacies or drugstores without a doctor’s prescription and that are safe to use without a doctor’s supervision.
This means that you can take your own medication even without a doctor’s guidance, but you must take it according to the instructions.
Over-the-counter drugs are classified according to their safety
Class A and Class B
(1) Class A non-prescription drugs with the “OTC” logo in red on the box can only be retailed in social pharmacies and pharmacies of medical institutions with a “drug business license” and a pharmacist or pharmacist or pharmacy professionals.
(2) Class B OTC drugs with a green color on the box “OTC” logo, in addition to pharmacies and medical institutions pharmacies, can also be retailed in approved general commercial enterprises.
The main features of OTC drugs are as follows
(1) The use of OTC drugs generally does not require the guidance and supervision of medical personnel, and is only applicable to patients who can self-diagnose mild illnesses and some chronic diseases after diagnosis.
(2) The role of OTC medications is to alleviate the initial symptoms of a disease or prevent its deterioration, and to alleviate the symptoms of a diagnosed chronic disease or delay the progression of the disease.
(3) Most OTC drugs are limited in duration of use and should not be taken for a long period of time.
(4) High safety, low incidence of adverse reactions, and less likely to produce tolerance and resistance.
(5) The instructions and labels of OTC drugs are easy to understand, scientific and detailed.
(6) Easy to take and stable storage quality under general conditions.
What should I pay attention to after purchasing over-the-counter drugs?
After purchasing over-the-counter drugs, read the drug instructions carefully, pay attention to the contents of the drug label and the expiration date, pay attention to the time of use, the course of treatment, the applicable population, the number of uses, the amount of use, contraindications, etc.; and when purchasing over-the-counter drugs, consult with physicians and pharmacists, do not rely on your own experience to blindly use the drugs, read the instructions carefully, do not add more or reduce the amount of less because of the aggravation of the disease or slow light on their own. Over-the-counter drugs have more toxic side effects and may cause damage to the organism after dosage, or may be detrimental to treatment because they do not effectively kill germs and make them resistant after dosage reduction.
We need to use drugs reasonably and follow medical advice in order to better play the efficacy of drugs, and to avoid physical damage and economic loss caused by improper use of drugs.