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Prescription drugs are generally more potent than those sold over-the-counter (OTC) and may have more serious side effects if inappropriately used. Therefore, these medications are only sold under a doctor's direction. These directions are written on a prescription by your doctor, then double-checked, packaged, and sold to you by a pharmacist. Your pharmacist will also counsel you on how to use your medication and the drug's potential side effects.

From: Pharmacy and Medication Tips WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017
Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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