Hiram College

Over The Counter Medication At-A-Glance

Symptoms Generic Name (look in ingredient list) Brand Names
General Aches and Pains, Fever Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Naproxen Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, Aleve
Stuffy Nose, Ear Pain, Facial/Sinus Pain Pseudoephedrine, Phenylephrine Sudafed, Many Combo Products (behind counter), Sudafed PE, Combo Products with “PE” in the name
Itchy Nose/Eyes, Sneezing, Runny Nose, Watery Eyes, Scratchy Throat Diphenhydramine, Loratadine, Cetirizine Benadryl (sedating), Claritin (nonsedating), Zyrtec (nonsedating)
Productive Cough Guaifenesin (thins mucus) Robitussin, Mucinex
Non-Productive Cough Dextromethorphan Robitussin DM, Delsym, Mucinex DM
Sore Throat Phenol, Menthol Chloraseptic Spray, Cepacol, Halls
Diarrhea Loperamide, Bismuth Subsalicylate Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate
Constipation H2O, Fiber, Docusate (stool softener) Water, Metamucil, Fibercon, Benefiber, Colace
Nausea Bismuth Subsalicylate Pepto-Bismol