Pharmaceuticals, often referred to as drugs or medications, are substances used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure diseases and disorders. They are designed to change the body's function, improve health, relieve symptoms, or alter the course of diseases.
Types of Pharmaceuticals
- Over-the-counter (OTC) Drugs
Medications that you can buy without a prescription, like pain relievers, cough suppressants, and heartburn medications.
- Prescription Drugs
Medications that require a prescription from a healthcare professional, including antibiotics and antidepressants.
Medications derived from living organisms. They include a wide range of products such as vaccines, and gene therapies.
- Specialty Pharmaceuticals
Typically high-cost medications that treat complex, chronic conditions and may require special handling and administration.
- Compounded Medications
Custom-made drugs created to meet specific patient needs, such as allergies to certain ingredients or specific dosage requirements.
- Bio-identical Medications
Drugs designed to chemically resemble natural hormones produced in the body. Often used in hormone therapies.
- Generic Medications
Off-brand drugs that have exactly the same dosage, intended use, effects, safety, and strength as the original drug