A medication (or medicine) is a drug used to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease. The main types of medicines:

  1. Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. These medications do not require a prescription from a health provider and can be purchased at pharmacies, convenience, and grocery stores.
  2. Prescription medicines. These medications require a prescription from a doctor or a licensed health care professional.
  3. Complementary medicines – these are commonly known as traditional or alternative medicines. They may include vitamins, minerals, herbs, and aromatherapy products. They are available without a prescription.

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