List Of Over The Counter Drugs In Ghana

Welcome to Ghana Insider. Today we bring you a complete list of all the over the counter drugs in Ghana. This article is for educational purpose only. DO NO ABUSE OTC DRUGS. Thank you.

We have compiled the drugs into PDF you can download at the end of this writeup.

The list below is approved by the Food and Drugs Authority of Ghana. Whenever FDA updates the list, we at Ghana Insider are going to update it here accordingly.


What are over the counter drugs?

Over-the-counter drugs are medicines sold directly to a consumer without a requirement for a prescription from a healthcare professional, as opposed to prescription drugs, which may be supplied only to consumers possessing a valid prescription.

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Over The Counter Drugs

List of Over-The-Counter Medicines

This is a complete names of all OTC drugs approved by the Food and Drugs Authority in Ghana. Any individual can walk into any chemical/drug store or a pharmacy to purchase any of the below medicines without prescription from a pharmacist or medical doctor.

  • Acetylsalicylic acid
  • Activated charcoal
  • Algicon and its analogues
  • Aluminium, Magnesium, Sodium, Calcium and Bismuth containing antacids
  • Aminacrine + lidocaine topical preparations
  • Amodiaquine + Artesunate
  • Antacids containing Simethicone and its analogues
  • Anthelmintics, except Suramin and Ivermectin
  • Anti-asthmatic compound preparations, containing not more than 120mg of Theophylline and 11mg of Ephedrine
  • Artemether suppository
  • Artemether + Lumefantrine
  • Artesunate suppository
  • Benzyl benzoate
  • Benzyl peroxide
  • Castor oil
  • Cetrimide
  • Chloramphenicol eye preparations
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Chloroquine and its salts, except parenteral preparations
  • Chlorpheniramine
  • Clotrimazole powder for topical use, pessaries and creams
  • Contraceptive Foaming Tablets
  • Co-trimoxazole preparations
  • Cough preparations except those containing Morphine and its analogues
  • Cough preparations containing Ambroxol, Bromhexine and Dextromethorphan
  • Crotamiton
  • Diclofenac, 25mg tablets and topical preparations
  • Dihydroartemisinin suppository
  • Dihydroartemisinin + Piperaquine
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Ephedrine Nasal Drops
  • Ephedrine containing cold preparations only
  • Ferric and ferrous salts, and their combinations
  • Folic acid 5mg
  • Glucose and preparations thereof
  • Ibuprofen tablets 200mg and topical preparations
  • Kaolin and Pectin containing compounds
  • Ketoconazole Shampoo
  • Liquid Paraffin
  • Loperamide Tablets and Capsules
  • Low-dose contraceptives containing not more than 35ug oestrogen
  • Mercurochrome
  • Methyl salicylate ointment
  • Miconazole only, containing pessaries and creams
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Nystatin pessaries and creams
  • Paracetamol (except suppositories)
  • Piroxicam gel
  • Podophylline
  • Povidone iodine, creams, pessaries and topical preparations
  • Promethazine, other than parenteral preparations
  • Pyrimethamine
  • Pyrimethamine / Sulphonamide combinations
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Salicylic Acid preparations
  • Senna and its preparations
  • Silver sulphadiazine
  • Topical preparations for treatment of Haemorrhoids (except those containing steroids)
  • Triprolidone containing cold preparations
  • Vitamin and Minerals, except parenteral preparations


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All questions answered               

What is the most common Over the Counter drug?

Paracetamol is one of the most common over the counter analgesics in Ghana.

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