OTC is the abbreviation for “over the counter” medicines, which you can buy from a pharmacy without a prescription. They are generally safe and effective if you correctly follow the instructions given on their labels; commonly professional advice from a doctor or medical specialist is not required.
Be careful when purchasing imported OTC drugs whose labels are in a foreign language. Do not rely on guesses or instincts; it is best to consult with Medical and Healthcare Translation Services for obtaining authentic information. For example, if your medicine label is in Assamese, you will look up Assamese Labels Translation service.
Common OTC medications found in almost every household include aspirins/pain killers, fever relief tablets, cough syrups and ointments for rash or bruises etc. Certified pharmaceutical companies provide good labeling (clear and comprehensive) in your interest, so that you use their product wisely and with responsibility.
Below is a list of things that are mentioned on drug labels and are important to note:
- Active Ingredient – This is the main component of the medicine that will react internally or externally on your body to heal you. You can see the amount of it present per dose; more active ingredient is added to strong drugs that show quicker and more extreme results.
- Uses – Here you will find out that what the drug is actually for, i.e. its key objective that it will cure, prevent or temporarily relieve a sickness. Additional information may be symptoms and conditions for which it is suitable or recommended.
- Warnings – Particular situations are discussed where the usage of the drug can be unsuitable or requires a doctor’s opinion. For example, certain pain killers are not appropriate for high blood pressure patients. Other things included in this part are the possible side effects and a statement directing to keep the drug away from children.
- Inactive Ingredients – These are non-reactive substances added to drugs. They can be binding materials, preservatives, flavors and coloring agents. These are useful to note when buying medicine for children (nice flavor/color for convenience) or to know that the drug does not contain something you might be allergic to.
- Directions – How to take the drug (method of administration), when to take it (what time of a day or how many times a day), right way to store it, and what is the right quantity to be taken (dosage or amount).
- Expiration Date – It is the date after which a drug shall be discarded. Never use or buy a drug that has passed its expiration date as it will no longer be effective and could be dangerous to health in some cases.
Pharmaceutical companies may occasionally alter their products so it is smart to read the label every time you buy your medication. Where foreign drugs are involved, you can always depend on Certified Translation Services to help you out.
Many international manufacturers produce their labels in English that is a globally recognized language. Suppose you are selling a drug exclusively in Assam, it is preferable to make your label in Assamese. You can get text of any language converted by applying Assamese Labels Translation Services.