A well-stocked medicine cabinet can come in handy when you are not feeling your best. It can prevent last-minute trips to the pharmacy and provide quicker relief. With Spring approaching, add cleaning out and stocking your medicine cabinet to the usual spring cleaning. First, make sure to throw away expired medication. Medication that has expired is not effective and can prolong your recovery. It may also exacerbate your condition if it is an essential medication. Before throwing your medication in the trash check out TN.gov to see if it’s eligible to be dropped off and disposed of properly.
If you find you are running low on your favorites stop by Harbor Town Pharmacy to stock up for this season and more. There is a wide variety of over-the-counter products that can help treat most ailments. Here’s a quick list below that lists some of the most common.
Cold and flu
Pseudoephedrine: nasal congestion and sinus pain
Guaifenesin: chest congestion
Vapor rub/sticks: for stuffy nose
Sore throat lozenges
Antacids (Tums): heartburn
Polyethylene glycol (MiraLAX): constipation
Loperamide (Imodium): diarrhea
Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol): nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl): sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, itchy caused by insect bites and poison ivy
Loratadine (Claritin): also helps with most common allergy symptoms
Aches and pains
Acetaminophen: headache, fever, general pain
Ibuprofen or naproxen: inflammation, muscle aches,
Topical Pain relievers
Diclofenac: previously RX so just as must pain relief as a prescription drug
Neosporin: to prevent bacterial infection in minor cuts, scrapes, or burns.
Let Harbor Town Pharmacy Help You
Harbor Town Pharmacy carries several products for all your over-the-counter needs. If there is a specific product you want and we don't have it, we can order it and have it in by the next day. Having so many options over the counter can be overwhelming. We are more than happy to help you decide on which product best suits your needs.
Written by Jada Harris, PharmD Candidate 2023