Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Thursday Thirteen #363

13 Popular OTC Medications. It occurs to me that when I go to Walgreen's, I seldom buy drugs of any kind -- prescription or otherwise. It's my go-to for paper towels, Coke, Gerber Baby Meats (for my cat, Connie) and all manner of cosmetics and skin care.

But that's just me. According to Nforming, the over-the-counter drug market was worth more than $150 billion in 2022 and growth is projected.

So what are we buying? I tooled around the internet and this is what seems to be on everyone's lists. While I don't buy them often, I do make sure I always have the ones with the asterisk on hand.

1. Acetaminophen (Tylenol).*

2. Ibuprofen (Advil)*

3. Fexofenadine (Allegra)*

4. Hydrocortisone cream*

5. Dextromethorphen (Robitussin)*

6. Psueoephenedrine (Sudafed)*

7. Loperamide (Immodium)*

8. Simethicone (Gas-X)*

9. Loratadine (Claritin)

10. Omeprazole (Prilosec)

11. Ranitidine (Zantac). Ranitidine is no longer available OTC.

12. Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol)

13. Bisacodyl (Dulcolax)

What about you? What's always in your medicine chest or handbag?

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  1. Anonymous10:01 PM

    Jamie (
    Acetaminophen is a big OTC med in my house, along with Alka Seltzer and antacid tablets (usually the generic ones from Safeway). And I currently have two prescription meds, including Prozac, which I have had since 2015, and A Vitamin D supplement.

  2. I pretty much always have Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Fexofenadine, and Benadryl. And usually something for congestion, but that varies.

  3. Ranitidine has been removed from the shelves by the FDA. Zantac now has the same ingredients as Pepcid. (I read the ingredients lists.) We have similar OTC items here, along with lots of Band-Aids. My husband is always coming home bleeding from some injury.

  4. Interestingly enough, I had a lengthy conversation with my pharmacist yesterday about OTC meds. I was making the switch to a Dispel packaging for my prescribed meds and she offered to include any OTCs as well. And was quite surprised that I rarely take anything.

  5. I always have ibuprofen on hand. It's the only thing that helps relieve pain for me. I have cough stuff on hand right now (I have a cold), but not Robitussin. I can't do Robitussin as it gives me nightmares. But I wonder if it's the active ingredient or something else as the cough stuff I have on hand hasn't bothered my dreams.


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