Over-the-counter analgesics: A review

  • Lynda Steyn Amayeza Information Services
Keywords: over-the-counter analgesics, pain


Over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics are available for many different painful conditions that people present with every day in the pharmacy. These conditions may range from headaches, toothache, period pain, gout pain and various muscular aches and pains.

The effectiveness of a particular analgesic depends on the type and severity of pain the patient is experiencing, as well as the dose of medication. 

To ensure the safety of the patient, it is of utmost importance that the patient’s age, medical history, including current medications and allergies, be taken into account.

Author Biography

Lynda Steyn, Amayeza Information Services

BPharm, Amayeza Information Services