BUSINESS: Weekdays 6:00AM – 8:00PM PST
HOURSWeekends 7:00AM – 5:00PM PST
FIND US: Surrey, BC, Canada
#109–7938 128th Street V3W 4E8
CONTACT: +1-866-732-0305
[email protected]
  • No products in the cart.
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
lady finding difference between Otc and prescription drugs on billing counter

Over The Counter Vs Prescription Drugs: 4 Key Differences

Two major categories of medications are available at your local pharmacy: over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. Over-the-counter vs prescription drugs, four areas to compare: 

Compare Prescription Medicines to OTC Medicines 

Unlike prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs do not require a prescription. They can be purchased off the shelf since this is usually because OTC drugs have generally milder side effects and can be used to treat symptoms. Prescription drugs are more specific, could have serious side effects, and can only be dispensed with a doctor’s recommendation. 

Regulations About Prescription And Over The Counter Drugs 

OTC drugs are sold off the shelf and are available to the general public and are not restricted to sale in pharmacies. They can be found at convenience stores and local grocery stores, making them much easier to access. On the other hand, prescription drugs can be dispensed by local and online pharmacies that the appropriate licensing boards have licensed. 

Difference Between OTC and Prescription Drugs Usage

OTC and prescription drugs are highly specific, as they are prescribed after a consultation with a doctor. When receiving prescription medication, the pharmacist will give you all the information on the time and quantity you need to take your dose. OTC medications present this information on labels and use weight or age ranges to recommend dosage. Generally, OTC medications are available to everybody, whereas prescription medication is specific to that individual patient. 

Diagnosis Difference Between Prescription and Over the Counter

OTC medications generally rely on self-diagnosis. If you are experiencing mild symptoms such as simple fever, pain, or heartburn, drugs available over the counter may provide relief. For example, acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help with your regular headaches. You should see a healthcare professional if the symptom is new, severe, or worrying. 

Also Read

Is it safe to buy your pet’s meds online?
Stretch Mark Removal & Treatment Guide
A Guide to Buying Affordable Drugs Safely from an International Online Pharmacy
How third-party sites find verified online pharmacies (in Canada)?
How to find a safe online pharmacy?

The contents on are meant to provide useful and relevant information. The information on our website is intended for educational purposes and may include text, graphics, video and other multimedia. The information on this website should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your doctor or other medical practitioner before taking any course of action based on the information you find on

Post Tags:

Unfortunately, due to a power outage some of the features available on Doctorsolve may not be online. We know how important it is to have affordable prescription medication and we’re working as fast as we can to restore our call center, email, and online chat services.