Over-the-Counter Medicine

Over-the-Counter Medicines Q&A

Keeping a few essential over-the-counter medications at home allows individuals to manage minor conditions, such as colds or scrapes, without visiting the provider. Over-the-counter medicine is available at Invara Pharmacy & Clinic. We are located at 31111 U.S. Rte 2, Sultan, WA 98294. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online.

Over-the-Counter Medicines Near Me in Sultan WA
Over-the-Counter Medicines Near Me in Sultan WA

Table of Contents:

What is an over-the-counter medicine?
What are the most commonly used OTC medications?
What medicine should everyone have on hand?
What types of OTC medicines can I get at Invara Pharmacy &  Clinic?

What is an over-the-counter medicine?


More than 80 types of over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available in the United States, from acne medications to weight loss supplements.

The term OTC drug refers to medications that are safe and effective for use by the general public without a physician’s prescription. Pain relievers such as Tylenol (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), cough suppressants such as Robitussin (Robitussin), and antihistamines such as Claritin (Claritin 24H) are popular examples. Pharmacy shelves, grocery shelves, and gas stations usually carry these drugs. There are a variety of OTC medicines that treat many symptoms related to illness, including pain, diarrhea, heartburn, coughs, colds, constipation, acne, and others.
 
There are also OTC drugs that are restricted in their use. Pharmacy counters dispense these OTC products, despite being considered OTC. Proper identification and signature may be required for some products, such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), which can be abused. A life-saving drug, naloxone, can reverse the effects of opioid overdose sedation and depressed breathing. Naloxone (Narcan Nasal, Narcan) can now be dispensed by pharmacists in all states with a standing prescription or by following state-specific rules.

What are the most commonly used OTC medications?


In the case of pain and fever, acetaminophen is the most common medicine, especially for those who cannot take anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin. Minor injuries and pain can be treated with acetaminophen. Patients with liver diseases such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, or hepatitis may not be able to use this medication. There are several common brands of pain relievers, including Panadol and Tylenol.
 
Pain management has long been a popular use of aspirin. In addition to its anti-clotting properties, Aspirin can also help prevent strokes and heart attacks. The use of this product is not recommended for children under 14 years of age.
 
Pain and inflammation are managed with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  To reduce inflammation and pain from minor injuries, healthcare professionals often recommend OTC ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin. Inflammation can also cause kidney stones and gallstone pain, which may be treated with them. Aleve and Naprosyn are other examples. When people have kidney disorders or a history of stomach bleeding or intestinal bleeding, NSAIDs may not be recommended. Additionally, they are contraindicated in people who take blood thinners, such as Clopidogrel.

What medicine should everyone have on hand?


A knee scrape or allergies are among the many minor injuries or illnesses that people experience occasionally. In these situations, a provider or hospital visit is not necessary unless the allergic reaction is severe or the person’s injury won’t stop bleeding. People should have a few essential over-the-counter (OTC) medications on hand to manage unexpected health issues at home to avoid going to the emergency room or seeing a provider. See some popular options for treating different ailments below.
Aspirin is a popular painkiller and fever reducer, though some find it too irritating to their stomachs. It can also interfere with blood clotting, so people taking blood thinners or undergoing surgery cannot use them. Anyone who wants to avoid aspirin may find acetaminophen to be a better fever-reduction option. In addition to being a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs), naproxen sodium (found in brands Aleve and Naprosyn) is also an effective painkiller for adults and children 12 years of age and older.

Decongestants are commonly found in brand-name cold medicines such as Sudafed and Sinarest: pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine.
 
Choose a cough suppressant that contains dextromethorphan if you suffer from a dry, hacking cough. Among the most popular brands are Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough, DayQuil Cough, and Delsym. In case of mucus production, use an expectorant such as guaifenesin to loosen the mucus.
 
Allergies can be relieved with diphenhydramine (in Benadryl), chlorpheniramine (in Chlor-Trimeton), and clemastine (in Tavist Allergy 12-Hour Relief).

What types of OTC medicines can I get at Invara Pharmacy &  Clinic?


Patients can find a wide range of OTC medicines at Invara Pharmacy + Clinic. Whatever you require for your at-home medicine cabinet we have a solution, so you are always prepared to manage minor illnesses or injuries and experience swift relief from symptoms. We are located at 31111 U.S. Rte 2, Sultan, WA 98294. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Sultan WA, Monroe WA, Startup WA, Gold Bar WA, Woods Creek WA, and surrounding areas.