Can Chiropractors Write Prescriptions?


According to, chiropractors are not trained in pharmacology and therefore cannot prescribe medication that requires a prescription to dispense. Only doctors of medicine with a state-certified medical license are permitted to prescribe medications.

A chiropractor may write a prescription for over-the-counter medications that a person can purchase without a prescription. According to, a chiropractor cannot prescribe medication unless he or she obtains another degree in osteopathy or medicine.

Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine. As points out, many chiropractors consult with medical doctors and osteopaths to provide patients with additional care when prescription medication is in the best interest of the patient.