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Over the Counter Medicine That You Should Always Have on Hand

Over the Counter Medicine That You Should Always Have on Hand


Over the Counter Medicine That You Should Always Have on Hand

There are many OTC (over the counter) medicines that you should have behind your bathroom mirror. Even though many have just some ibuprofen and some NyQuil, there are many more medicines that are good to have on hand. Let’s talk about some of the most important medications that every house should be equipped with at all times.

Pain Relievers

It is encouraged that people keep multiple forms of pain relief on hand at all times. According to Canadian Pharmacy the biggest and most obvious pain reliever that you need are your anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). These include medicines such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Aspirin, Excedrin, and Aleve. Tylenol is also often thought of in this category but is not actually an NSAID.

It is also recommended that you keep Lidocaine patches and diclofenac gel in your cabinet for when the pain area is a little more intense. Most brand names of diclofenac gel are prescription other than Voltaren that you can get over the counter at your local drug store.


Histamine is something that your body releases when your immune system goes to attack an allergen, which in turn will cause an allergic reaction. You will want to keep an antihistamine in your cabinet at all times, in case a reaction flares up. Most OTC name brands have antihistamine such as, Robitussin, Alegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Xyzal, and Zyrtec.

Cold and Flu

Lack of sleep can make a cold or the flu worse than it already is and sadly that’s one of the most common side effects of having those illnesses. Luckily most cold and flu medicines come in a night time and day time and the night time will help you sleep. For instance, Mucinex Night Shift has dextromethorphan that will help suppress cough, Acetaminophen that relieves pain and reduces fever, and triprolidine that will provide relief from a sore throat and runny nose as well as putting you to sleep so that your body can heal.

Burns, Cuts, or Scrapes

Small cuts, burns, or scrapes are one of the most common injuries. They happen to everyone from time to time so it is always good to be prepared. Make sure that you have hydrogen peroxide ready at all times so that you can clean your wound right away. Then you’ll want an antibiotic ointment to put on the wound before you cover it with a bandage. You can find generic versions of both of these at your nearest drug store.

These are some of the most common and well known medicines that you should have access to at all times if possible. Luckily all of these things have many choices and you can pick what you buy for exactly what you need. If you have any questions about what is right for you, you can talk to your doctor or your pharmacist and they will gladly assist you.

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Veronica Mak

I'm a New York-based journalist covering business, celebrity and entertainment news at Josep Vinaixa. I hold a master's degree from New York University of Journalism.

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