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Recommending OTC medications

Can I recommend an over-the-counter (OTC) medication to a client?  

Yes. If you do so, you are solely accountable for the recommendation and for any outcomes of that recommendation.

Because OTC medications do not require a prescription, a nurse can recommend an OTC medication and/or administer it without an order. However, in some practice settings, legislation or organizational policy might require an order.

For more information, read Medication and Decisions About Procedures and Authority.

Page last reviewed August 10, 2017