Listed are the common over the counter medications which are widely used for pain, fever, nausea, allergy, and cold symptoms.  There may be precautions to review before choosing a type of over the counter medication.  It is always best to consult a pharmacist with any questions when choosing an over the counter option so that medication and disease interactions, side effects, and the optimal dosages and times can be discussed before taking the medication.
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen):
– Used for pain relief/fever/headache
– Caution in clients who have liver damage
  • Advil (ibuprofen):
– Used for pain relief/fever/headache/menstrual pain
– Take with food to decrease stomach upset
– Caution in clients who have kidney damage or diabetes
– Can interact with antidepressant medications and can increase the risk of stomach bleeding
  • Gravol (dimenhydriante):
– Used to prevent nausea/vomiting
– Can have side effects such as: severe drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, constipation
– Can interact with many psychotropic medications
  • Allergy Medication (Can include ingredient: Cetirizine, Loratadine, Desloratadine, Fexofenadine):
– Used for allergy symptoms
– Side effects and interactions depends on product used
– May cause drowsiness/dizziness
– Can interact with many psychotropic medications
  • Cough and Cold Medication (depends on specific product used) (Can include ingredients such as: Dextromethorphan, Pseudoephedrine, Guaifenesin, Diphenhydramine, and Acetaminophen): 
– Used for cough/cold
– Side effects and interactions depends on product used
– Can interact with many psychotropic medications
– May contain acetaminophen, do not exceed 4000 mg of acetaminophen per day from all sources
VIARubeena Patel
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Rubeena is a Clinical Pharmacist and a Pharmacy Educator at Seamless Care Pharmacy. Rubeena completed her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.) degree from University of Toronto after majoring in Chemistry and Health Studies at the University of Toronto. Rubeena is a valued part of the Seamless Care team. She is constantly striving for change and an advocate for individuals when they need one and discusses valuable information with caregivers. She is quick to find options of alternative medication options, or important medication interactions. She is able to maintain a well balanced quality of work in a very fast paced environment, allowing for her to provide a well delivered pharmacy experience. Rubeena obtains satisfaction as a pharmacist by helping patients optimise their medication regimens, and educating on ways to best manage different aspects of disease states to improve quality of life.