Your Home Pharmacy

Here is a list of drugs and other things you should keep at home for self-care. Store them in a handy, dry place, but out of children’s reach. Check the expiration date often. Throw away and replace ones that are outdated.



Acetaminophen ex: Aspirin-Free Anacin, TylenolPain relief, reduces fever
Activated charcoal (binds certain chemicals when swallowed) [NOTE: Call Poison Control Center first]Oral Poisoning for some poisons
Antacids (liquid or tablets) ex: Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, AmphojelStomach upset, heartburn
Antibiotic cream or ointment ex: NeosporinMinor skin infection, wounds
Anti-diarrheal medicine ex: Kaopectate, Immodium A-D, DonnagelDiarrhea
Antifungal preparations ex: TinactinFungal infections such as athlete’s foot
Antihistamines ex: Dristan, Triaminic, BenadrylAllergies, cold symptom relief
Anti-motion sickness ex: DramamineMotion sickness
Antiseptic preparation ex: BetadineAbrasions, cuts
Aspirin* ex: Anacin, Bayer, BufferinPain relief, reduces fever and swelling
Cough medicine with expectorant (look for one with Guaifenison) ex: RobitussinCough with mucus
Cough suppressant without expectorant(look for one with Dextromethorphan ex: Robitussin DM Dry cough without mucus
Decongestant (tablets, nose spray, etc.) ex: Dristan Nasal Spray, Sudafed, DimetappStuffy and runny nose, post-nasal drip from colds, allergies
Ear wax dissolver ex: Debrox Ear wax
Eye drops and artificial tears ex: Murine, VisineMinor eye irritations
Hemorrhoid preparations ex: HemoridHemorrhoids
Hydrocortisone cream ex: Cortaid, LanacortMinor skin irritations, itching and rashes
Ibuprofen (adult) ex: AdvilPain relief, reduces fever and swelling
Laxatives ex: Ex-Lax, Correctol, Milk of MagnesiaConstipation
Moisturizer ex: Jergens LotionDry skin
Naproxen Sodium (adult) ex: AlevePain relief, reduces fever and swelling
Petroleum jelly ex: VaselineChafing, dry skin
Rubbing alcoholTopical antiseptic, clean thermometer
Sanitary napkins, tamponsMenstruation
Sunscreen – look for one with SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or morePrevent sunburn, protect against skin cancer
Syrup of Ipecac (NOTE: Call Poison Control Center first)To induce vomiting for some poisons
Throat anesthetic preparations ex: Sucret throat lozenges, Chloraseptic spray Minor sore throat
Toothache – relief preparation ex. AnbesolToothache



Adhesive bandagesMinor wounds
Adhesive tape, sterile gauze pads, roll of sterile gauze and scissorsTo dress minor wounds
Cotton balls, cotton tipped applicatorsMinor wounds
Elastic bandages and clipsMinor strains and sprains
Heating pad/hot water bottleMinor pains, strains, menstrual cramps
Humidifier, vaporizer (cool mist)Add moisture to the air
Ice pack/Heat packMinor pain and injuries
Thermometer (mercury-containing, digital, etc.) Basal thermometer if using natural family planning method for birth control.Fever
Tongue depressor, flashlightCheck for redness or infection in throat
TweezersRemove splinters

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Written by American Institute for Preventive Medicine

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