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12 Medicine Cabinet Essentials (Home Pharmacy OTC Drugs) Topic Guide

12 Medicine Cabinet Essentials (Home Pharmacy) 12 Medicine Cabinet Essentials (Home Pharmacy): There are many available over-the-counter (OTC) medications and remedies for the common cold, aches, pain, fever, diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach, allergies, cough, sinus congestion, constipation, insomnia, and more.

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12 Medicine Cabinet Essentials (Home Pharmacy) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

cetirizine and pseudoephedrine Cetirizine And Pseudoephedrine

Cetirizine is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, an...learn more »

fexofenadine and pseudoephedrine Fexofenadine And Pseudoephedrine

Fexofenadine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, wa...learn more »

fexofenadine Fexofenadine

Fexofenadine is an antihistamine that is used to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies (hay fever) in adults and children...learn more »

lansoprazole Lansoprazole

Lansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. Lansoprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach...learn more »

cetirizine Cetirizine

Cetirizine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, wate...learn more »

simethicone Simethicone

Simethicone allows gas bubbles in the stomach and intestines to come together more easily, which allows for easier passage of gas...learn more »

bismuth subsalicylate Bismuth Subsalicylate

Bismuth subsalicylate is used to treat diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, gas, or upset stomach...learn more »

magnesium hydroxide Magnesium Hydroxide

Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. Magnesium hydroxide reduces stomach acid, and increases water in the intestines which may induce bowel movements....learn more »

pseudoephedrine Pseudoephedrine

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose)...learn more »

phenylephrine Phenylephrine

Phenylephrine is a decongestant that is used to treat stuffy nose and sinus congestion caused by the common cold, hay fever, or other allergies...learn more »

calcium carbonate Calcium Carbonate

Calcium is a mineral that is found naturally in foods. Calcium is necessary for many normal functions of the body, especially bone formation and maintenance....learn more »

omeprazole Omeprazole

Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach...learn more »

aspirin (oral) Aspirin (oral)

Aspirin is a salicylate (sa-LIS-il-ate). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation...learn more »

cimetidine Cimetidine

Cimetidine is a stomach acid reducer that is used to treat and prevent certain types of stomach ulcer. Cimetidine is also used to treat gastroesophageal ref...learn more »

acetaminophen (oral/rectal) Acetaminophen (oral/rectal)

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and a fever reducer. There are many brands and forms of acetaminophen available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet...learn more »

ranitidine Ranitidine

Ranitidine is a histamine-2 blocker that works by reducing the amount of acid your stomach produces...learn more »

naproxen Naproxen

Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)...learn more »

ibuprofen Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »