Every over-the-counter (OTC) medicine has one or more specific ingredients called active ingredients that make the medicine work. For example, the active ingredient is what helps your fever go down, reduces your pain, or relieves your cough. It is especially important to pay attention to the active ingredients in your OTCs if you are taking more than one medicine—whether OTC or prescription—to make sure you are not taking too much of the same active ingredient. Too much of an active ingredient can be harmful.

Do you know how to identify the active ingredients in your OTCs in order to choose the medicine that’s best for you? Search above for information about specific active ingredients in your medicines.

New findings about consumer attitudes on OTC medicine use are based on a survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the CHPA Educational Foundation.