It’s common to refresh and clean out our pantries, kitchen and closets, but our medicine cabinets often get overlooked. While most over-the-counter medications can last up to a year after their expiration dates—when stored correctly—you should still do a yearly sweep of your medicine cabinet to make sure everything is up-to-date and well stocked. Keep reading for basic over-the-counter items you should have on hand today.
Aches, pains and headaches are some of the most common ailments we deal with. Basic painkillers like Tylenol are a staple for any medicine cabinet. Be sure to contact your doctor to find out which medication are right for you and stock up accordingly!
If you have allergies, you know how much they can affect your daily life. 24-hour tablets like Allegra, Zyrtec or Claritin can help relieve both indoor and outdoor allergies without that groggy, drowsy feeling some allergy medicines can give you. If your allergies are mostly nasal, ask your doctor about a spray like Flonase for immediate relief.
Nothing can stop you in your tracks quite like a stomach ache. Keeping a stomach relief medicine that works for you up-to-date in your medicine cabinet is the best way to make sure you don’t have to suffer any longer than you have to. If your doctor recommends a laxative like Miralax, taking it as soon as you feel symptoms is the best way to get you back in fighting shape in no time.
Taking preventative vitamins even when you’re feeling fine is a great way to boost your immune system and stay as healthy as you can. Keeping vitamin gummies like Airborne Elderberry Gummies or Vitaldin Adult Vitamin C Gummies in your medicine cabinet is a great way to get much needed vitamins, but feel like you’re getting a treat too!
If you’re not getting the sleep your body needs, your overall health can suffer. Keeping a non-habit forming sleep aid like ZzzQuil in your medicine cabinet can help you get the sleep you need to ensure you can start your day well-rested.
Get information about over-the-counter medications, prescriptions and more from our trusted professionals at your local Giant Eagle Pharmacy.