November 6, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now offers consumers valuable information about over-the-counter medicine through its consumer education website, available at:

Over-the-counter medicine, also known as OTC or nonprescription medicine, refers to medicine that can be bought without a prescription.

The FDA OTC consumer education website offers information, in both English and Spanish, on the following topics:

  • Choosing the Right Over-the-Counter Medicine: This pamphlet, which was created in cooperation with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, discusses the importance of reading the Drug Facts label, avoiding interactions, using OTCs while pregnant or nursing, treating a child, and more.
  • The Over-the-Counter Medicine Label: This brochure introduces readers to the new and easier to understand Drug Facts label, explains the importance of reading and using the label, and more.
  • Tips for Parents: Under this topic, consumers can find a brochure listing 10 safety tips for giving OTC medicine to children, a brochure explaining 10 ways to make sure nonprescription medicine is given to children in the right way in the right amount, and a checklist for parents to use when choosing OTC medicine for kids.
  • Safe Use of OTC Pain Relievers (analgesics) and Fever Reducers (antipyretics): Under this topic, consumers can read a pamphlet explaining what OTC pain relievers and fever reducers are and how to use them safely and effectively. Consumers will also find articles on the benefits and risks of using over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers, the dangers of acetaminophen (the active ingredient found in Tylenol), and the importance of knowing the active ingredients of and directions on all the over-the-counter medicine you use.
  • Safe Use of Daily Aspirin: Under this topic, consumers can view a brochure explaining the importance of working with a doctor when taking aspirin to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. Consumers will also find a fact sheet outlining the dangers of taking aspirin to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke without a prescription from a healthcare professional, and several links to other resources containing information about aspirin.
  • Medicines in My Home: Under this topic, consumers can visit an interactive educational website about the safe and effective use of over-the-counter medications.

The newest addition to the FDA’s OTC consumer education website is a checklist for choosing OTC medicine for adults, which can be viewed here.

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