The guy down the hall had an upset stomach. Your roommate cut her finger. You have a fever. Do you have what you need to help? Look in your medicine cabinet. You don’t need to have an official, all-mounted cabinet in your bathroom. Your medicine cabinet can be a shoe box or a small plastic bin.
What should be included:
• Aspirin, acetominephin (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to reduce inflammation, pain and fever
• Band-aids and bandages of assorted sizes for minor cuts
• Antibiotic ointment
• Hydrocortisone cream for itchy bites and rashes
• Pepto-Bismol and or Mylanta for an upset stomach
• Immodium for diarrhea
• Over-the-counter decongestants and cough medicine
• A THERMOMETER!
• Tweezers for splinters
• Cotton swabs and cotton balls
Very Important! Most combination cold preparations include acetaminophen. If you are taking one of these products, do not take additional acetaminophen (Tylenol); this can be bad for you. If you need additional pain relief or fever suppression, you may take a product that contains ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) instead. If you are taking an Advil or Motrin cold preparation, do not take additional ibuprofen either. Which leads us to READING THE LABEL so you know what you are taking.
READ THE LABEL!
Over-the-counter medication is still medicine. Read the labels carefully and follow all directions for dosage. Check the expiration dates occasionally. Keep your medicine chest in a cool, dry place way from sunlight. If you do have an appointment with a health care provider, make sure to tell them what over-the-counter medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements. Tell your health care provider if you use any form of hormonal contraception (the pill, patch, injection, and ring); they are also medication.
Where to Purchase?
None of these items cost much money and you can get them at a great price any Rutgers Health Center Pharmacy location. The Rutgers Health Center Pharmacy has a full-retail location in the Hurtado Health Center with satellite locations in the Busch-Livingston and Willets Health Centers.
If you have any questions or if your symptoms persist, call Rutgers Health Services at (732) 932-7402 to make an appointment at any one of the three health centers.
Rutgers Health Services
For all Medical appointments, call 732-932-7402
Hurtado Health Center,
11 Bishop Place, CAC
Busch Livingston Health Center
110 Hospital Road, Livingston Campus
Cook Douglass Health Center
61 Dudley Roady,
1st Floor, Suite 150
Rutgers Health Center Pharmacy
Hurtado Health Center
732-932-7402, ext. 219