MAY 15, 2005 A l l t h e C l i n i c a l N e w s i n S i g h t Punctal plugs plus topical agent maximize dry eye relief Combination offers improvement with less reliance on artificial tears By Cheryl Guttman scores in the three groups ranged from 2 to 2.3 at Dual approach baseline (possible score range, 0 to 4). All groups“Management of dry eye has received increased at-show
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Designer - otc.drwPseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
Pseudoephedrine is effective at relieving Although several medications are available OTC congestion of both the upper and lower respiratory for the treatment of heartburn, ulcers, and other tract due to most common causes including acid-reducing conditions, ranitidine is among the infection, allergy, chemical irritation, and mild best-tolerated, is inexpensive, and is also useful for asthma or bronchitis. It frequently has a stimulatory relieving hives. Doctors often advise an acid- effect, similar to caffeine. The most common side reducing medication such as ranitidine for patients effects are those resembling a burst of adrenaline: rapid heart rate, palpitations, and increased blood ibuprofen, though this must be done with caution.
pressure. Years ago this drug was used in youngchildren, even babies, though now most Bacitracin ointment
pediatricians do not advise it in patients younger This ointment is best used to prevent skin infections when the integrity of the skin has beenbreached, as by an abrasion, laceration, insect bite, Meclizine (Bonine, Dramamine)
or sting. It also may be used to treat a superficial This antiemetic drug is available both OTC and by skin infection such as a mildly infected wound or prescription. It relieves nausea, vomiting, motion impetigo. It is less likely to produce a topical skin sickness, and vertigo-like dizziness. For some allergy than other topical antibiotic preparations patients it causes drowsiness, and therefore may be that contain neomycin. It cannot be used to treat used as a sleep aid. It is related to medications for deeper infections, however, which generally Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
Among the OTC anti-inflammatory medications, Acetaminophen is the only OTC pain-reliever that ibuprofen is probably the most versatile. Primarily is not an anti-inflammatory drug. It will not irritate indicated for pain and inflammation, it may also the stomach like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen.
be used to relieve headaches, earaches, sore It is useful for the same conditions as ibuprofen, throats, sinus pain, stiff neck, muscle strains, though effectiveness varies according to patient.
menstrual cramps, arthritis including gout, and It may be combined with ibuprofen in full doses back pain. It is also effective at reducing fever and for more severe pain. Side effects are very few, is generally safe for use in children. It is not though in high dose, especially when combined advisable for most stomach-related pain, although with alcohol, it can lead to liver failure. It is may decrease the pain of kidney stones, kidney available in several pediatric dosages, both for infections, and possibly bladder infections. The most common side effect is stomach irritation orheartburn. W h e n c o m b i n e d w i t h a c e t a m i n o p h e n Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
i t i s n e a r l y a s e f f e c t i v e a s c o d e i n e , t r a m a d o l , An inexpensive antihistamine, diphenhydramine o r h y d r o c o d o n e i n r e l i e v i n g m o r e s e v e r e p a i n . is primarily used for drainage due to respiratoryinfections and nasal allergies, in both adults and Loperamide (Imodium)
children. It is also indicated for hives and itching, The most effective OTC medication for diarrhea including itchy rashes such as poison ivy.
is loperamide, which is available both as tablet Although not all patients become drowsy when form and liquid for children. It is often useful using diphenhydramine, many do so, making this medication useful for insomnia as well. Somepeople find that it relieves nausea or mild anxiety. Hydrocortisone cream
The 1% version of hydrocortisone is the strongest
steroid cream available over the counter.
It is safe for use in both adults and children in
treating inflamed and/or itchy rashes such as
eczema, poison ivy, diaper rash, and other minor
The same antifungal medication, clotrimazole,
is contained in both Lotrimin and Gyne-Lotrimin.
Gyne-Lotrimin may be used to treat both female
yeast infections and any other yeast or fungal
infection that Lotrimin would treat, including
athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, diaper rashes,
and skin fold irritations.
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