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Meds to keep stocked at home

Updated on November 18, 2008
Medicine Cabinet
Medicine Cabinet

Stock your medicine chest

It doesn't matter if you live alone or have children at home, being prepared for any type of medical emergency, life threatening or not is the way to go. Yes, you may think," I will never use this stuff and have to replace it after the expiration date passes".Yes but think of what may happen and the potential problems if primary self-help is not rendered quickly. There may also be an instance where you will be able to help out a neighbor who needs medicine, therefore; be prepared.

Ailments and Meds List:


Loratadine (Claritin or a generic version).

2.Yeast Infections

Clotrimazole cream (Gyne-Lotrimin or a miconazole cream (Monistat 7 or a generic version).

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Where's my Tylenol?

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Antacids like Tums for occasional bouts; Pepcid Complete or Zantac 150 for prevention.

4.Injuries .

An ice pack and a heat pack.


The Vicks Comfort-Flex or the Omron 20 seconds Digital thermometer.


One more day off  work; But I'm really sick!
One more day off work; But I'm really sick!

6.Headache,Muscle Ache,Fever

Acetaminophen (tylenol or generics).

7.Poison Ivy and Itchy Bug Bites

Hydrocortisone creams like Cortaid or Cortizone 10.

8.Stinging Bug Bites and Poison Ivy or Poison Oak

A topical pain reliever with benzocaine, dibucaine, or pramoxine.

9.Cuts and scrapes

Bandages in a variety of sizes and shapes and a local anesthetic like Dermoplast.


Bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) or loperamide (Imodium A-D).


Docusate (Colace, Phillips' Liquid-Gels.).

12.Stuffy Nose

Single-ingredient meds, especially behind the counter products containing pseudoephedrine, such as Sudafed decongestant or a generic version).

13.Sore Throat

Dyclonine (Sucrets MAximum Strength and Original Sore Throat Lozenges).

14.Runny Nose

Benadryl Allergy and Chlor-Trimeton Allergy. But they can cause drowsiness.


Nonmedicated lozenges containing glycerin or honey.

*Always consult your physician if necessary. Carefully follow instructions on all medication.

Credits: ConsumerReports


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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      This Hub needs some love, besides that I don't like leaving my comments at a certain number before going to bed. Just superstition.