Inpatient Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are products that cannot be purchased without a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider. They are used to treat a confirmed diagnosis or medical condition, or to compensate for a lack of vital bodily substances. Examples of prescription drugs include antibiotics, sedatives, and other medications that are clinically proven to be effective for a specific diagnosis and are recognized by internationally accepted medical guidelines. These drugs are only available with a prescription and are typically more powerful or have more potential side effects than over-the-counter drugs.

Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, on the other hand, can be purchased without a prescription and are commonly used to treat symptoms of common illnesses that do not require a visit to a doctor. These drugs are typically less powerful or have fewer potential side effects than prescription drugs and are available at most pharmacies and supermarkets. Examples of OTC drugs include pain relievers, cold and flu medications, and certain dietary supplements.