nonprescription drugs

nonprescription drugs

 
drugs that can be obtained without a medical prescription; this is the Canadian term for what in the United States are called over the counter medications. There are three groups of nonprescription medications in Canada:

(1) The first group includes proprietary medications that may be purchased in any retail outlet and are effective for the treatment of self-limited minor illness, injury, or discomfort. Generally, the directions for use are clearly indicated on the package and the advice of a health professional is not required. Examples of these are some minor pain relievers, medicated shampoos, cough drops.

(2) The second group of drugs is generally available only in pharmacies and is commonly referred to as over the counter (OTC) medications. These are also intended for the treatment of self-limiting problems but may require the advice of a health professional for proper use. Examples include laxatives, cough and cold medicines, and vitamins.

(3) The third group is the smallest; it consists of medications available only in the pharmacy and used only upon the recommendation of a physician. Insulin, nitroglycerin, and muscle relaxants are common examples. This category also includes certain drugs that are kept in a place of limited public access and can be purchased only if the pharmacist personally dispenses them after a consultation with the patient. They include analgesic compounds that contain low doses of codeine.
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