Must-Have Medicines and First Aid In Your Cabinet

In this scenario when we are fighting with our invisible enemy and are confined to our homes shielding ourselves, we must always be prepared with a full stock of various medicines as ‘Safety first is safety always’.

A well-maintained and well-stocked first aid kit will ensure the immediate and effective response to any emergency or any sort of common injury. Prepare them before-hand for your family’s safety concerns. Also, this is a good time to clear your medicine inventory of old prescriptions and expired medicines.

Make sure to do this every three months. Your medical kit can be comprehensive or a basic one. Your requirements depend on the time it takes to reach for some professional assistance. Are you running out of medicines and you need to satiate your first aid kit? Don’t worry! Deliver Boss is always there for you.

We will make sure you get your essentials on time and you do not compromise with the safety of your loved ones.

Below are the basic medicines you should always have at home as safety always brings first aid to the uninjured. So take precautionary measures and ensure you have these supplies in your medicine cabinet.

1. Aspirin

It is generally given to emergency patients enduring heart attacks. For adults, Aspirin works as a pain reliever. So, make sure you have this in your kits. However, you must be aware of the sensitivity in your family. Make sure not to give it to children below 18.

2. Antihistamine

They help in curing allergic reactions, itching, and hive which have numerous causes. You must keep in stock both the hydrocortisone creams and oral antihistamines which are in the forms of pills or liquids. After multiple insect bites, oral antihistamines are more effective than creams for relief.

These work perfectly for mild allergic reactions but in symptoms such as facial swelling or breathing difficulty, it is better to see a doctor. Sedating histamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl ) can help you sleep better and non-sedating one’s such as loratadine (Claritin ) or fexofenadine ( Allegra ) may help you go to work.

3. To get relief from Heartburn, Indigestion or Dyspepsia 

Food which is spicy, oily, and greasy may even lead to disturbances with your digestion system. It is often advised not to eat too much food very fast. For occasional indigestion relief, you must have a Tum’s packet or Maalox bottle in your medicine cabinet. However, if you have regular symptoms of bloating, any discomfort in the stomach, or heartburn then you must refer to a doctor.

4. Cure for your back pain, headache, and ankle sprain 

You must always have medicine to combat pain in your kit as it is the prime requirement of any individual. Acetaminophen also is known as Tylenol is a basic pain reliever having mostly no side effects, few interactions, and is safe for everyone to consume. You must take these in the recommended dosage only as too much intake can harm your liver.

Medicines such as (Aleve) naproxen and (Advil, Motrin) ibuprofen are popularly known anti-inflammatory medicines that can treat pain as well as soothe the inflammation.

5. For exasperating Dry cough 

It is common in children to experience dry cough especially at night so keeping a cough suppressant handy in your kit would be advisable. Suppressants like Robitussin, Dexalone cough syrups (dextromethorphan ) can be used to stop the endless cough. Expectorants like guaifenesin ( Mucinex ) are used to treat more chesty coughs and make it easy to bring the phlegm out of the body.

In case you are having worrying symptoms along with cough such a very high fever, falling short of breath, it is advisable to consult a doctor at the earliest.

6. Anti-Diarrheal medications 

You must always have an anti-diarrheal in hand as it comes without much prior warning. It can be due to food poisoning, viral diseases, food intolerance, or a side effect of any antibiotic. Medicines such as bismuth subsalicylate ( Kaopectate ), diphenoxylate (Lomotil), loperamide (Imodium A-D) can help to give you relief in such times but make sure to buy them after consulting your doctor.

7. For Dermatitis, Mild Eczema and Skin Rashes 

Having certain creams at hand in your medicine bank like topical hydrocortisone ( Instacort or Cortaid ) gives instant relief from rashes but babies apply it after consulting a doctor. Contact with certain chemicals or plants can at times cause rashes on the sensitive skin. If the rash persists after applying for a couple of days or starts to look red and oozing it is better to consult a doctor.

8. Basic wound dressing 

It is very common to have injuries around the home, so keep the entire basic wound dressing aid in your cabinet to soothe the wounds. A commercial wound cleanser with basically 0.9% concentration of salt in water or a gentle cleanser is recommended by the doctors. After cleaning, cover the wound with breathable gauze. Topical antiseptic creams can be applied after cleaning. Antibiotic creams like Neosporin should be used if prescribed. In case of severe wounds contact a doctor urgently. 

9. NSAID and Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen can help to reduce high fever and give relief to pain. NSAID or Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs help to reduce the inflammation for toothaches and backaches. You must be aware of the sensitivity of these drugs in your family before consuming them.

Other Basic Essentials for First Aid Kit

  • Bandage strips ( Butterfly bandages )
  • Adhesive Tape
  •  Hydrogen Peroxide ( Disinfectant )
  • First-aid manual
  •  Hand Sanitizer
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Eyewash solution
  • Thermometer
  • Surgical Mask ( breathing barrier )
  • Syringe
  • Scissors
  •  Tweezers
  •  Duct Tape
  •  Lubricant like petroleum jelly
  •  Cotton
  •  Disposable gloves (non-latex, examination gloves)
  •  Elastic wrap bandages
  •  Instant cold packs
  •  Eye pad or shield
  •  Insect repellent
  •  Emergency phone numbers of all the doctors and local emergency services around you.
  • Medical prescriptions and history of all the family members.

Make sure you have all the essential medicines and first aid kit ready before-hand. Deliver Boss will always be there to help you. We have our stocks filled with all types of medicines. We will make sure you get all your required medicines on time. We care for your well being and take all possible measures to ensure your safety and hygienic delivery on time. So be safe and don’t worry if your medicine cabinet needs some medicines.