Spokane Medical Research

Brand Name or generic OTC prescription drugs?

Filed under: Drugs — Tags: , , , , , — Rudolph @

Have you ever gone glassy eyed staring at an endless display of pain relief or allergy medicines, desperately trying to discern which one you should buy?

It’s no surprise that it can be a daunting task to choose over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. You can choose from over 100,000 OTC medicines that are currently available. Often, these medications are almost identical, as they share the same 1,000 active ingredients.

OTC medications come in several brand names and formulas. Some of the most widely sought after products available include medicines for pain relief, heartburn relievers and allergy medicines, and are all found under a wide variety of names.

You can take some of the work out of the process by checking your medicine cabinet before heading to the pharmacy. Identify the active ingredients in the medicines that you use most frequently. Write down the names of the medications and their active ingredients.

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