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Medication

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Summary:
Medications are drugs taken to reduce or cure medical conditions and
illnesses. Medications are commonly divided into over-the-counter (OTC)
medication and prescription-only medication (POM). OTC medication is
generally deemed to be safe. In other words, a person consuming OTC
medication has little chance of doing himself harm if he follows the
instructions written in the label.


Keywords:
Medication, Prescription Medication, Pet Medication, Pain Medication


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Medications are drugs taken to reduce or cure medical conditions and
illnesses. Medications are commonly divided into over-the-counter (OTC)
medication and prescription-only medication (POM). OTC medication is
generally deemed to be safe. In other words, a person consuming OTC
medication has little chance of doing himself harm if he follows the
instructions written in the label.

In several countries, like the UK for example, a third category of
medications is in place. Those are called Pharmacy Medications and they
can be sold only in registered pharmacies, under directions from the
pharmacist. The precise distinction between POM and OTC medication
depends on the law. Medications are manufactured by pharmaceutical
companies and generally come with a copyright. Those drugs without a
patent are known as generic drugs.

POM necessitates a prescription or a written order from a doctor,
dentist, or a nurse practitioner. This prescription gives a pharmacist
the approval to hand out a specific medication. POM is given for
treatment of a particular illness or a medical problem. It is usually
more powerful than OTC medications and has more side effects.

OTC medications, on the other hand, can be purchased without a written
approval from a doctor. Normally, they are given for relief of common and
minor ailments. OTC medications are relatively safer than POMs if
consumed under proper instructions.

OTC and POM medications differ in their respective compositions. A
specific ingredient or a combination of ingredients of an OTC drug, along
with the recommended doses, is deemed relatively harmless. Still, it is
important to know that several OTC medications do contain powerful
agents. If its consumption exceeds more than what the instructions
demand, OTC medications can be equally strong as POMs and more liable to
do harm.