In a disease-laden world of today, it is always advisable to take precautions and therefore there are a few medicines you should have in your bag. Headache, common cold, upset stomach and muscle cramps are the common everyday health grievance and if you are away from home, chances are that it may even get worse. Besides, while you are on the go, perhaps you are prone to getting injured or suffer from a painful backache. That being said, there are higher chances that you might become a victim of one if not more than one of them. However, you can easily thump each of them out without even visiting a physician if you have a well-stocked medicine kit. Here is a list of Top 10 medicines you should definitely have in your bag.
10. Adhesive Bandages:
Most of the cuts and bruises may get fine even if uncovered but if they are properly dressed, you prevent yourself from the risk of infection. Moreover, there are less chances of hurting yourself on the same spot twice. So if you scrape or cut yourself in an area where the lesion has the possibility of getting dirty or where your clothes will scratch against it (in case of a scraped knee) be smart enough to cover up with an adhesive bandage. A stash of it should always be present in your bag. Whether you prefer clear or camouflage that’s totally your choice but this is one of the medicines you should have in your bag.
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9. Antibiotic Ointment:
While water and soap can ensure cleaning most scrapes and cuts, an antiseptic can actually trim down the danger of infection. Though isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are the best defenders against infection doctors aren’t a huge fan of them. For scraps and cuts they prefer topical antibacterials like Neosporin or Polysporin. It is also easier for you to carry the semisolid antibiotic ointment in your bag.
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8. Hydrocortisone Cream:
A 1% hydrocortisone cream is very vital for temporary relief from minor skin irritations, insect bites, itching, crusting, redness, dryness, rashes caused by eczema and various inflammations of ulcerative proctitis or colitis or the problems of rectal and swelling of hemorrhoids. You will find many variations of the cream with various names. All you need is 1% topical hydrocortisone cream to rescue you from any skin problem.
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7. Multi Symptom Cold and Cough Medicine:
From stuffy nose, coughing, running nose, sneezing, nasal and chest congestion to pressure, headache and sinus pain, Sudafed – a decongestant – can work magic. It will not only relieve you from pain but can also be a lifesaver in case of sinus headaches. If you are suffering from prolific cough where you are passing up trash an expectorant such as Mucinex can work effectively and aid you in throwing out the trash from your tight chest. A must among the medicines you should have in your bag.
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Even if you are not suffering from any known allergies, a few capsules or tablets of Benadryl is worth a place in your bag. Everyone should have 25 mg tablets of Benadryl in their bag to get away with almost anything whether it is food allergies, medical allergies, animal allergies or poison ivy. A life saver, it can be used for relief from perennial and seasonal allergy symptoms.
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5. Immodium (Loperamide);
Immodium or Loperaminde is the perfect drug for diarrhea resulting from inflammatory bowel diseases or gastroenteritis. No matter what type of diarrhea you are suffering from, a dose of Loperamide can treat it effectively and it is the best OTC (Over the Counter) option.
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While on the move – whether on a bus, car, flight or boat – you may experience some sort of uneasiness. Demenhydrinate or Dramamine is the perfect OTC drug for motion sickness. The drug also works effectively in preventing nausea, vomiting, emesis, unsteadiness or morning sickness so it is always better to keep it handy.
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3. Life Saving Drug:
Never forget to carry the life saving drug in case you are suffering from dreadful diseases like asthma, diabetes, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular conditions, cancer and rare diseases. Always carry them in your bag in a place which is easily reachable this will also help someone else to take you out from danger in case of emergency.
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2. Antacids for Heartburn, Upset Stomach and Bloating:
Mylanta and Maalox (equal ingredients for the majority part) are excellent for swift relief. The H2 blockers like Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac are also a must because you can easily consume those along with Maalox or Mylanta. Maalox or Mylanta soothes the stomach while the H2 blockers follow on their lines and decrease the adverse effects of acid on esophagus and stomach. It brings instant relief and can prevent a trip to the hospital. With a dose of the drug in the hand you can easily eat those exotic foods without worrying much.
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1. Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers:
The two very essential medicines you should have in your bag are any NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) which comprises Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve or, Motrin. For fever or pain, you can alternate a NSAID with Tylenol as they are very diverse medicines that can work effectively for you in tandem. The main thing to memorize is that while Tylenol is a fever reducer and pain reliever it is certainly not an anti-inflammatory one. Therefore for acute back pain or tooth pain an NSAID can prove to be much more effective.
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