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Q8 - Doctor Recommends Over-the-Counter Medicine at Prescription Strength

Question:  An employee is injured at work and sees a doctor. The doctor provides no treatment but recommends the employee takes over-the-counter ibuprofen at a dose of 800mg every 8 hours. Is it recordable?


Answer: YES, it is recordable. Even though the doctor recommended using OTC ibuprofen, it was recommended at a prescription strength. Ibuprofen taken at a level of over 400mg every 6-8 hours is considered prescription strength. 1904.7(b)(5)(ii)


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