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How to Read OTC Drug Labels

WHAT GOES INTO A LABEL?
MORE THAN YOU THINK

Even though FLONASE® Allergy Relief is now available without a prescription, the medicine inside is exactly the same as prescription FLONASE®. But you may notice a few updates to the label on the outside of the bottle and in the attached materials. 

"OTC" LABELS HAVE TO MEET DIFFERENT GUIDELINES

Whenever a medicine switches from being a prescription drug to being sold over the counter, the FDA takes a fresh look at its label. The label provides essential information about how to take the medicine. OTC medicines may be purchased without the guidance of a healthcare provider or pharmacist. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requires that OTC labels be even more simple and easy to interpret than the labels on prescription drugs.

WE PUT THE FLONASE® ALLERGY RELIEF LABEL
TO THE TEST

During many rounds of research, we worked closely with consumers to identify any possible areas of confusion. The language on the label was tested and refined until people found it easy to understand what FLONASE® Allergy Relief is, what ingredients it contains, and how to use and store the medicine properly.

HOW TO READ AN OTC DRUG LABEL 

While every OTC drug label contains information specific to the drug it’s describing, the format of the label is always the same. Here’s a guide for what you’re looking at.

How to Read OTC Drug Labels

Sources:

The Current Over-the-Counter Medicine Label: Take a Look. FDA website. 2014. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/drugs/emergencypreparedness/bioterrismanddrugpreparedness/ucm133411.htm. Accessed on December 17, 2014.