LIST: Over-the-counter Medicine and Where to Get Them in the Philippines
Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine are medications that can be purchased without a prescription from a doctor or any other healthcare professional. These medicines are readily accessible in local pharmacies, convenience stores, and even sari-sari stores, making them an integral part of Filipino life. From the common cold to headaches and fever, OTC medicine have become a go-to remedy for countless people, providing quick relief from a range of everyday ailments. With their affordable prices and widespread availability, these medicine have become a staple in every household, and their popularity continues to grow year after year. Below are some of the most common OTC meds you can buy anywhere in the country.
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This is an OTC medicine used to relieve mild to moderate pain and reduce fever. It is commonly used for headaches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, and fever. It can be consumed on an empty stomach, and can be taken by pregnant women, breastfeeding moothers, children, and the elderly.
This is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve mild to moderate pain, and helps to relieve symptoms of arthritis, such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. It is also used for headaches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, and muscle pain. It is also sometimes used to reduce fever.
Loperamide is an antidiarrheal medication used to slow down the movement of the intestines, helping to reduce diarrhea or or irritable bowel syndrome. It is also used for recurring or longer lasting diarrhea from bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
This is an anthelmintic medication used to treat infections caused by parasitic worms. This includes ascariasis, pinworm infection, hookworm infections, guinea worm infections, hydatid disease, and giardia. It works by stopping the parasitic worms from using sugar (glucose) to survive in the body.
Cetirizine is an antihistamine that helps relieve allergy symptoms like itching, sneezing, and runny nose. It is also sometimes used to relieve symptoms of hives.
Like cetirizine, this is an antihistamine medication used to treat symptoms of allergies, including itching, sneezing, and runny nose.
This is a medication used to relieve asthma symptoms, including wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. It works by relaxing the muscles of the airways into the lungs, making it easier to breathe.
Antacids are medications used to neutralize stomach acid, helping to relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, and stomach upset. Some antacids are also used in the treatment of constipation and diarrhea. They come as a liquid or chewable tablets.
Multivitamins are a combination of many different vitamins normally found in food and other natural sources taken to to support overall health.
Note: While these medications are available over-the-counter, it is still recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medication, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking other medications.