Skip links

8 Essentials for Every Medicine Cabinet

As far as home first aid goes, there are a few essential items that every household should have in stock. When it comes time to update your medicine cabinet, resist the urge to head straight to your local pharmacy and buy every over the counter drug you see. Instead, take a moment to inventory what you currently have in stock and throw out any empty or expired bottles. The next step is to assess the needs of your specific household and make a list of medications you’re missing. Not sure where to start when it comes time to make your list? Check out these 8 essentials for everyday sickness or injury to make sure you’re prepared for whatever life throws your way. 

1. Thermometer

While this may seem obvious, a thermometer is an easy thing to overlook. This small device can help detect fevers much more accurately than a simple hand to a forehead. 

2. Bandages

Bandages are essential for keeping cuts covered and free from outside infection. When buying bandages, make sure to purchase a variety that can cover a multitude of minor injuries. Bonus points if you take the extra step and purchase gauze and dressings, too!

3. An Antiseptic

Antiseptics like Neosporin or Bacitracin are useful in preventing infections in minor wounds. Simply clean the wound with a saline solution, apply the antiseptic, and dress with your brand new bandages. 

4. NSAID and Acetaminophen

These two medicine cabinet staples are helpful for body aches as well as fever management. NSAIDs are best for minor inflammation such as toothaches or backaches while Acetaminophen is a reliable pain reliever and fever reducer. 

5. Aspirin

Aspirin is known for being a top-notch adult pain reliever, but this medication is also useful for anyone experiencing a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, a quick dose of aspirin can help victims of heart attacks during an episode. 

6. The Cold and Flu Trio

When the sniffles start and coughing ensues, make sure you’ve covered all of your bases against a cold or flu. Common medications to have on hand include nasal decongestants, cough suppressants, and flu relief medication. 

7. Anti-Itch Medication

Hives and bug bites are no fun. Itching can often feel satisfying but opens the wound to longer recovery times and possible infections. Stock up on hydrocortisone cream to handle external itches related to bites or try antihistamines for allergy-related irritation. 

8. Antacids

Whether you’re experiencing heartburn or a sour stomach, antacids can help. By neutralizing excess digestive acids, these over the counter meds can help you settle your stomach and get back to your day. 

Visit First Care Clinics Today

Sometimes over the counter medication just won’t get the job done. If your symptoms continue even after a dose of meds and TLC, contact First Care Clinics for top-notch care from experienced professionals. Take control of your health and find your nearest location today.