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Differences Between Over-The-Counter And Prescription Drugs


When people think of drugs, they may think of two types, drugs that are legal and those that are illegal. But even within the scope of legal drugs there are qualifications. For example, there are prescription drugs and those that are able to be purchased over-the-counter. A variety of drugs impact a person’s ability to safely drive, this is true of street drugs, prescriptions, and over-the-counter drugs. It is important to know what you are ingesting and if it could lead to impairment.

It is possible to face a DWI charge when driving under the influence of a legal substance. Connect with a Houston DWI lawyer if you need help. A seasoned attorney knows how to navigate complicated charges.

Availability of Prescription Only Drugs

In order for a person to access prescription only drugs they need to have a valid prescription, essentially a written request by a medical practitioner. This written request is an authorization for a pharmacist to provide a patient with a medicine that is a part of their treatment.

Because of this authorization, it is also understood that the prescription is intended solely for the individual patient and is not to be shared. After all, it is for the specific person to treat their condition. In order for prescription drugs to be an option and available by prescription, they need to go through a series of clinical trials. Final approval has to come from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA also continues to monitor drugs on the market. If severe side effects or other issues arise, the availability of the drug could change.

Over-the-Counter Drugs are also Monitored

While over-the-counter drugs do not require a prescription, they are still monitored and assessed by the FDA. They do differ from prescription drugs because customers can simply walk into a store or purchase them.

When an over-the-counter medication receives FDA approval, there is an agreement related to the strength of the drug and what information will be contained on the label. Restrictions are in place to keep the public safe, but there are still risks. There could be an interaction with another drug the customer is taking, for example.

If you are taking any medication at all, talk to your pharmacist or doctor about ingesting any medications. They may adjust other medications or lead you to another solution. Information could be a path to avoiding a while taking medications. If you are arrested, talk to a Houston DWI lawyer.

Do you find yourself facing a DWI charge because you ingested over-the-counter drugs or a prescription? Our experienced legal team can defend you and explore your options. We have the knowledge to protect you whether you were charged with a DWI in connection to alcohol or prescription drug use. Reach out to the legal team at Ayson Law Firm to understand your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Houston criminal defense attorney today.

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