Over-the-counter or OTC medicine is also known as nonprescription medicine. OTC medicines are most often used to treat ailments like aches and pains, coughs and the common cold, fever, allergies, skin conditions, and heartburn and other digestive problems. The reasons are easy to understand. OTC medicines are convenient, easily available in groceries and big box stores as well as pharmacies, and they are less expensive than visiting the doctor and perhaps paying for an expensive prescription.
OTC medicines give many people a sense of self-control over their health and well-being. That's all to the good if OVER THE COUNTER drugs are being used appropriately, for an indicated condition in the appropriate dosage and for no longer than the recommended time.
OTC remedies are still medicines. They have side effects as well. A few drugs should not be taken with certain health conditions, or be along with other drugs due to the likelihood of adverse relationships. For example, there are some OTC painkillers you shouldn't use if you have stomach, kidney, hardworking liver or heart problems.
Although OTC drugs are generally safe, sometimes they can affect the health of otherwise healthy adults. They are really safe and effective when you follow the directions on the label or as directed by your healthcare professional.