Talk:Over-the-counter drug

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OTC POV[edit]

"over-the-counter" is somewhat confusing to some, since these items can be found on the shelves of stores and bought like any other packaged product in some countries or in others may be bought "over the counter" from the pharmacy, while prescription drugs are sold at a pharmacy counter. The term likely dates back to before self service shopping became common, when most goods were obtained by requesting them from a clerk at a sales counter; while prescription drugs required a visit to the doctor first, these drugs could be purchased "over the (sales) counter" just like other goods.

This whole paragraph seems very POV to me. Couldn't 'over the counter' just as easily mean that the drugs are stored 'over the counter' meaning on a shelf on the other side of the counter with which you *can* self-serve rather than being stored "behind the counter"? Nagelfar (talk) 01:04, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

OTC products cannot be self-served. They must be sold by a trained healthcare assistant. Such as myself, haha. :) That's why no more than 16 paracetamol can be sold as a general sale. Josh 17:32, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

Using Over-the-Counter Medicines with Children[edit]

Removed from article body by Fvasconcellos (t·c) 16:12, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Behind-the-counter drugs[edit]

This article either needs a new section about (or at least more coverage of) "behind-the-counter drugs" ("Prescription Only Medicines"), or a new article for them should be spun off. I may do this myself if I have the time. Some info on the topic can be found at these pages: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] --Wulf (talk) 07:08, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

I just created a section on this with to cover restricted OTC drugs in the US and moved the pseudoephedrine discussion into there, though I didn't see your great citations first. By all means, feel free to enhance it with some of these citations. In particular, more details on the actual legal status of these drugs would be nice. Zachlipton (talk) 02:46, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

united kingdom category 3 (general sales list)[edit]

I think that "nurofen" should be replaced with Ibuprofen as Nurofen can easily be confused with Nurofen plus, which pharmacy only medication compared to Ibuprofen which is on the General Sales list.

--86.30.43.233 (talk) 20:44, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

I've removed the link to medilyzer dot com.[edit]

It said "FREE software to better understand OTC drug and drug interaction. Consumer can freely download software in smart phone or use web widget to check drug-drug interaction.". That's just way too spammy.

I'm making this entry to alert people to this and keep an eye out in case the link reappears. Also comments on whether medilyzer in general could actually be a sensible external link is welcome. (I can't be bothered to test their app, I don't trust it anyway)W3ird N3rd (talk) 11:08, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

Quinine[edit]

Why did the FDA take quinine off the market? It is an ingredient in Tonic Water. I have been told by doctors to drink Tonic Water when I get leg cramps. It does help and does so quickly. Is this not a good idea? If so, why not? What else can I take to relieve leg cramps?107.220.144.253 (talk) 16:03, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ http://www.coldmedicinesandkids.com/otc-dangers/
  2. ^ http://www.coldmedicinesandkids.com/common-cold/