How to Read Your Medicine Label

There’s never any guesswork about correct dosing with over-the-counter (OTC) medicines because every OTC has clear dosing instructions right on its label. The OTC label, known as the Drug Facts label, has specific instructions for safe use and should always be followed precisely. These directions tell you what amount of medicine to take, how to take it, when to take it, and when not to take it. If a label does not list dosing amounts for the person taking the medicine, call a healthcare provider for advice on the best treatment options.

Always keep your OTC medicines in the original packaging so that you have proper dosing information on hand. Scroll over the different sections below to learn more about the various sections on your OTC medicine label.

Reading Your OTC Medicine Label