Over-the-counter medications: Always have emergency essentials at hand

Having the right over-the-counter medications at hand is important. Over-the-counter medications are available without a prescription. They can treat minor injuries and ease the symptoms of many illnesses that don’t usually require a visit to your doctor’s clinic or a trip to the hospital.

Here’s a list of essential over-the-counter medications and first aid items that you should always have whether you’re at home, at work, or traveling:

1. Cuts and burns

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Povidone iodine
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Adhesive bandages & gauze pads

2. Allergies

  • Antihistamine
  • Decongestant

3. Pain, headache, and fever

  • Acetaminophen
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin

4. Cough and colds

  • Decongestant
  • Dextromethorphan
  • Guaifenesin
  • Antihistamine

5. Digestive and stomach issues

  • Calcium carbonate (acid reflux)
  • Bismuth subsalicylate (indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea)
  • Loperamide (diarrhea)
  • Simethicone (gas and bloating)
  • Dimenhydrinate (motion sickness and vomiting)
  • Senna (constipation)

6. Itches, rashes and other skin irritation

  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Calamine lotion
  • Antihistamine cream

Before taking any over-the-counter medicine, make it a habit to read the label and package insert, especially the dosage, frequency, and precautions. Some over-the-counter medications may cause side effects or interact with prescription medications. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of any over-the-counter medicine, contact a doctor or your Watsons pharmacist for clarification.

Shop at Watsons for over-the-counter medicines and other essential healthcare products: https://www.watsons.com.ph/shop-otc-medicine

References:

https://www.dignityhealth.org/articles/medicine-cabinet-essentials-the-definitive-checklist-for-staying-fully-stocked. Accessed 5 September 2023
https://genesisfqhc.org/otc-medicines-you-need-at-home/. Accessed 5 September 2023
https://www.emedicinehealth.com/home_pharmacy/article_em.htm. Accessed 5 September 2023
https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000534.htm. Accessed 5 September 2023

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