Over the Counter Medications

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Headache

  • acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • aspirin (Bayer)
  • ibuprofen (Advil)
  • naproxen sodium (Aleve)

Fever

  • acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • aspirin (Bayer)
  • ibuprofen (Advil)

Pain

  • acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • aspirin (Bayer)
  • ibuprofen (Advil)
  • naproxen sodium (Aleve)

Heartburn & Indigestion

  • calcium carbonate (Tums)
  • famotidine (Pepcid AC)
  • ranitidine (Zantac)

Diarrhea

  • bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol)
  • loperamide (Imodium)

Constipation

  • bisacodyl (Dulcolax tablets)
  • docusate sodium (Colace)

Allergies

  • diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • loratadine (Claritin)

Cough

  • dextromethorphan (Robitussin, Vicks 44 Cough Relief)
  • guaifenesin (Mucinex DM)

Fungal Skin Infections

  • tolnaftate** not for nail infections (Tinactin)
  • erbinafine** not for nail infections (Lamisil AT)

Cold

  • acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, phenylephrine (Tylenol Cold)
  • acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, phenylephrine (Sudafed PE)
  • acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, doxylamine & pseudoephredrine (Nyquil)

** Please make sure to read the box/bottle for dosage instructions, side effects, and contraindications.

Choosing the Right Over-The-Counter Medication for Your Symptoms. (2015, April 9). Retrieved October 19, 2015, from health.iupui.edu