OTC Medicines

Over the counter medicines or OTC’s as they are more commonly known, are available from your pharmacy without a script. It is helpful to know what is available but even better to know their uses.

Below you will find a guide to the most common ones and what they are used for.

 

Medicine Name Recommended Use Side effects
Antihistamine
Clarityne, Deselex
Skin rashes, insect bites,stings Can make your child irritable.
Antidiarrhoeal
Imodium, Loperamide
Slows the gut, helps to condense the stool Possible drowsiness if dehydration is present
Antispasmodics (stomach cramps)
Buscopan
Relieves spasms or cramps in the gut by relaxation of the bile ducts Rarely can cause drowsiness
Constipation
Dulphalac, Senekot, Laxa
Safe for prolonged use Cramps and flatulence in the beginning
COUGHS Cough
Bisolvon, Bronkese, Flemex, Mucospect
Thin out the phlegm to help for easier expulsion Rarely causes vomiting, stomach ache, headache, fever
Dry Cough , Benylin, Nitepax Helps to ease a tight chest Stomach upsets and drowsiness
Wheezy Cough
Solphyllin, Ventolin
Best known as inhalers, now available as syrups Dizziness, nausea
Decongestants , Demazin, Coryx
Actifed
Help to dry out the mucosy nasal passages to aide easier breathassociated with the common cold Not to be over-used
Earache
Convacaine, Sofradex, Betnesol
Have a local anaesthetic to aide in pain relief and inflammation Do not use if there is an infection present or if the eardrum has been perforated. Consult a doctor
Nasal Decongestants
Iliadin, Vibrocil, Saline
Short-term relief of nasal congestion associated with the common cold Very safe
Vomiting
Valoid, Stemetil, Emitex
Stops vomiting, motion sickness Dry mouth, blurred vision, dizziness
Pain & Fever
Panado,Calpol, Kiddipayne, Tylenol, Stilpane, Myprodol
Relieves mild to moderate pain and fever, good anti-inflammatory when combined with ibuprofen Ibuprofen can cause drowsiness and stomach ache, diarrhoea

 


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