Medicine Cabinet Essentials: 9 Essentials Every Home Should Have On Hand

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What’s in your doctor’s office?

In case of aches, allergic reactions or even slight Medical emergencydo you have essential supplies?

Fox News Digital spoke with two experts — Dr. Jennifer Bourgeois, a pharmacist based in Dallas-Fort Worth, and Katy Dubinsky, a New York pharmacist and CEO and co-founder of Vitalize, a private supplement company — who identified the most important basic medical product that every home should have on hand.

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Here is a list of 9 essentials.

1. Painkillers

Common painkillers such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen are important for treating headaches, relieving sore muscles, reducing inflammation and lowering fevers, according to Bourgeois.

Here are the nine most important medical products that every home should have on hand. (iStock)

“They’re just medicine cabinet essentials,” she said.

2. Allergy Medications

“Each allergy medication is designed to treat specific symptoms, so it’s important to find the right over-the-counter medication to manage and relieve your allergy symptoms” Bourgeois said.

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Antihistamines like Claritin, Allebgra, and Zyrtec can treat symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, which causes sneezing and itching.

A decongestant medication like Sudafed or Afrin nasal spray treats congestion or headaches.

3. Cold, Cough, and Flu Medications

It is important to choose your over-the-counter product cold medicine carefully, based on the specific symptoms you’re experiencing, according to Bourgeois.

“For example, to combat a cough, you will need to take dextromethorphan (Delsym or Robitussin),” she explained.

Dr. Jennifer Bourgeois, PharmD, is a pharmacy and healthcare expert based in Dallas-Fort Worth. (Jennifer Bourgeois/SingleCare)

“For aches, pains, and fever, you’ll want to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Cough drops are also medicine cabinet staples.”

Decongestants containing pseudoephedrine can help relieve nasal congestion, she noted.

“For medications containing pseudoephedrine, you will need to access them through the pharmacy, as federal regulations require these medications to be kept behind the counter.”

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Combination medications can be helpful for multiple symptoms, but it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients to avoid doubling up.

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