Learn to read the “Drug Facts” label on OTC medicines


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The Drugs Facts label found on all over-the-counter (OTC) medicines tells you the main active ingredients, what the medicine treats, how to use it, and special warnings so you can determine whether the medicine is right for you and your problem. If you can’t find the Drug Facts label, it may be hidden behind the main label, so look for an arrow that directs you to peel back the main label. Look at the sample Drug Facts label below. All Drug Facts labels provide this information in the same order. Be sure to read the Drug Facts label carefully before purchasing and using any OTC product. If you have any questions, ask your pharmacist or doctor.


Hover the cursor over each section to learn more about the information provided in the Drug Facts label.

Please note: The Drug Facts labeling requirements do not apply to dietary supplements such as vitamins and herbals, which are regulated by FDA as food products and labeled with a Supplement Facts panel.

Last modified on Thursday, 20 February 2014 20:33