Wednesday, June 4, 2008

How Do Drugs Work - Over the Counter (OTC) Drug Choices

Hello Everyone,

When you walk into the Over the Counter (OTC) medication section at your neighborhood drug store, it can be pretty confusing. There are rows and rows of OTC drugs for headache, colds, constipation, diarrhea...almost every malady that you can imagine.

It seems like almost every brand of OTC medication touts itself as #1 Pharmacist recommended. Well, there are actual studies out that survey Pharmacists and I will let you know which are the #1 drug choices.

The Pharmacy journal Drug Topics surveyed pharmacists to get their top recommendations for several OTC product categories. to see the complete survey visit

Over the next several posts, I will let you know the choices Pharmacists recommend most.

Adult Cold Preparations:
Robitussin Cough and Cold

Children's Cold Preparations:

Adult liquid Cough medications:
Robitussin (family of products)

Children's liquid Cough medications:
Robitussin (family of products)

Flu Remedies


So far I agree with the majority of the recommendations. One additional thing that I tell my patients is that if a generic equivalent is available for these that instead.

Stayed tuned for more reco's

Dr. Paul

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