Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are those that can be sold directly to people without a prescription. OTC medicines treat a variety of illnesses and their symptoms, including pain, coughs and colds, diarrhea, constipation, acne, and others. Some OTC medicines have active ingredients with the potential for misuse at higher-than-recommended dosages. Learn about the health effects of OTC medicines Dextromethorphan (DMX) and Loperamide and read the DrugFacts on Over-the-Counter Medicines.
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- Emerging Trends: "Syrup," "Purple Drank,""Sizzurp," "Lean"
- NIDA for Teens Drug Facts on Cough and Cold Medicines - Offers resources for teens and teen influencers. Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Features videos, games, blog posts, and more!
- NIH Director’s Blog on Prescription Drugs
- Harmful Interactions - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Drug Abuse (National Library of Medicine, NIH)
- Healthfinder.gov (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.