Emergency Tablets You Can Take at Your Home
Webblogers Editors Team |
April 3, 2023

Undoubtedly it is very important to take care of your health and well-being. Minor ailments like headaches, runny nose, aches and pains, insect bites, etc can be easily treated at home.

Your pharmacist is usually available any time you need help with medicines. At Online Chemist, our pharmacist is a phone call away.

You can be prepared for the most common minor ailments by keeping some common medicines in your medicine cabinet at home.

We have listed 7 essential medicines with brief descriptions. The list below is not exhaustive, but it will help you deal with most minor ailments. You can add or remove more categories based on individual circumstances. 

1. Paracetamol

when to take

Paracetamol is a common pain reliever. You can take them for aches and pains. It is also commonly used to reduce a high temperature (fever).

 How many to take?

1 or 2 tablets/capsule every 4 to 6 hours, up to 8 tablets in 24 hours.

other information!

  • Paracetamol is safe to consume during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Do not take more than 2 tablets (1 g) or more than 8 tablets (4 g) at a time in 24 hours.
  • Do not take other paracetamol-containing medicine at the same time.
  • Also available as a liquid for children or for people who cannot take tablets.

2. Ibuprofen

when to take

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It reduces inflammation, therefore helping to reduce swelling, pain, or fever.

Ibuprofen is used to relieve pain from various conditions such as headache, toothache, menstrual pain, muscle pain, or arthritis.

How many to take?

Taking one or two 200 mg tablets 3 times a day with food or milk will reduce the chances of stomach upset. Do not take it empty stomach.

other information!

  • Not suitable for pregnant women, patients suffering from stomach ulcers, asthma, high blood pressure, etc.
  • Do not take it empty stomach.
  • It is safe to take ibuprofen by mouth or use it on your skin if you are breastfeeding.
  • Ask your pharmacist or call an online chemist before taking ibuprofen if you are taking other medicines.
  • Available in tablet, capsule, liquid, and gel form

3. Antihistamines

When to take

Antihistamines are medications often used to relieve allergy symptoms, such as hay fever, hives, conjunctivitis, and reactions to insect bites or stings.

Antihistamines are of two main groups:

  • sedative-antihistamines that make you feel sleepy – such as chlorphenamine (Piriton)
  • non-drowsy antihistamines that make you less likely to be drowsy – eg cetirizine, loratadine

How many to take?

Non-sleep-antihistamines: Usually only once a day.

Sedating antihistamines: Take one tablet every 4-6 hours. Do not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours

other information!

  • Common side effects are sleepiness, dry mouth, blurred vision
  • Available as tablets, capsules, liquids, syrups, creams, lotions, gels, eye drops, and nasal sprays.
  • It is not safe to drive or use machines after taking a sedative (sleep) antihistamine.

4. Treating Indigestion

when to take

Heartburn and acid reflux are the same things – when acid from your stomach travels up your throat. You will feel jealous when this happens. This could be a symptom of indigestion.

If you suffer from heartburn, you can try indigestion remedies – heartburn, often after eating or you feel full and bloated, feel sick, have a stomach ache and wind is blowing or food or bitter taste liquid coming off.

There are many over-the-counter indigestion remedies available, popular ones include Gaviscon, Renee, Xantasi

How many to take?

The dosage is varied, so follow the directions on the medicine’s package.

It is best to treat indigestion with food or immediately after eating because this is when you are most likely to get indigestion or heartburn.

other information!

  • Pregnant women often suffer from indigestion. This is very common from 27 weeks onward.
  • Not all indigestion medicines are suitable for everyone. Contact your pharmacist or call an online chemist.

5. Anti-diarrhea remedy

when to take

Diarrhea occurs when you have frequent and liquid bowel movements. Many things can cause it, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites, medications such as antibiotics, and digestive disorders such as celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

Most of the time diarrhea does not require treatment and usually only lasts a few days. But medicine can help you feel better. This especially helps if you also have cramps or abdominal pain.

The most common antidiarrheal medications include loperamide (Imodium), and bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol). dialytic relief.

How many to take?

Please read the instructions on the package or in the information leaflet inside the package. It will tell you how much medicine to take and how often.

other information!

  • If you have a “stomach bug,” your body has to get rid of the bacteria or parasites that cause diarrhea. In such a situation, stopping diarrhea can make your condition worse. So do not take anti-diarrhea measures. However, you can take Dioralyte to replace the salt and water you are losing from loose stools.
  • Do not take loperamide if your stool is bloody or black. These could be signs of a more serious problem, such as a bacterial infection.
  • If you are allergic to aspirin, you should not take bismuth subsalicylate. Do not give bismuth subsalicylate to children 12 years of age or younger.

6. Hydrocortisone Cream or Ointment

when to use?

Hydrocortisone cream, ointment – also called a steroid. They are used to treat inflammation, itching, and irritation on the skin – eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, prickly heat rash, insect bites, and stings, etc.

Hydrocortisone creams or ointments are available for purchase at 0.1% to 1%.

how to use

Use hydrocortisone cream once or twice a day for a week or two.

other information!

Do not use it in children under 10 years old unless their doctor recommends it.

Never put it on your face unless your doctor says it is okay and you have been given a prescription for it.

  • It can make some facial skin problems worse – such as impetigo, rosacea, and acne.
  • Be careful not to get the cream into broken skin or cuts.
  • Wash your hands afterward (unless it’s your hands you’re treating).

7. Moisturizer

when to use?

Moisturizers or emollients are applied directly to the skin to soothe and hydrate the skin. They cover the skin with a protective film to trap moisture.

Emollients are often used to help manage dry, itchy or scaly skin conditions. They help prevent patches of inflammation and flare-ups of these conditions.

There are so many different brands available, my favorites are Aveeno Cream, Epderm Ointment, Doublebase Gel and Dermol Lotion (as a soap substitute), Sudocrem (nappy rash, chilblain).

how to use

Moisturizer should be applied directly to the skin 3 or 4 times a day. They should be smoothed, not rubbed, into the skin gently in the same direction your hair grows. It helps to prevent the hair follicles from getting blocked.

other information!

  • If you are using steroid creams or any other treatment for your skin condition, wait at least 30 minutes after applying moisturizer. Then apply steroids or other treatments.
  • Stay away from fire, flames, and cigarettes when using all types of emollients (both paraffin-based and paraffin-free).
  • Be careful when using emollients in the bath or shower, or on tiled floors.

Additional things you may want to keep at home:

  • first aid kit essential medicines online chemist Gorleston ice pack
  • thermometer
  • Antiseptic cream (Sevlon)
  • ice pack

Always follow the directions on the medicine packet and information leaflet, and never exceed the dosage indicated.

Always keep medicines out of sight and reach of children. A high and lockable wardrobe is ideal in a cool, dry place.

Keep checking the expiry date from time to time. If medicine has passed the use date, do not use it or throw it away. Take it to your pharmacy, where it can be safely disposed of.

Webblogers Editors Team

Webblogers Editors Team


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