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  • Your Medicine Cabinet Should Never Run Out Of These Pain Relievers

    It pays to be prepared, mom!
Your Medicine Cabinet Should Never Run Out Of These Pain Relievers
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  • Most moms understand how important it is to be prepared for everything, especially when a member of the family gets sick. We cannot wait for the last minute (or for illness to strike!) to stock up on medicine cabinet essentials.

    Besides vitamins, supplements, and necessary prescription medicine, make sure you have over-the-counter medication that helps address symptoms of common illnesses or provides relief to physical discomfort.

    Here are five products you may want to keep in your medicine cabinet —  all of them are available at Watsons.

    For sore throat: Strepsils

    Dichlorobenzyl alcohol + Amylmetacresol (Strepsils) is an antibacterial lozenge that can help soothe and provide relief to people with a sore and itchy throat. Its antibacterial properties also help kill bacteria that cause sore throat and mouth infections. It comes in different flavors, but if you want a cooling effect in your throat, try the Cool Sensation variant.

    Read more about soothing sore throat here and here.

    For heartburn: Gaviscon

    Heartburn often occurs if you have acid reflux. It is characterized by a burning sensation that goes up from the chest to the throat and usually leaves you with a sour taste.

    Sodium alginate + Sodium bicarbonate + Calcium carbonate (Gaviscon) provides relief from the symptoms of heartburn by helping prevent acid from coming back up the esophagus. It is usually taken after meals and before bedtime.

    Read more about addressing heartburn here.

    For coughs: Mucosolvan and Vicks Formula 44

    Ambroxol hydrochloride (Mucosolvan) is an over-the-counter cough remedy that helps ease symptoms of cough, colds, and flu. Aside from helping dissolve phlegm and clear the lungs, it also helps protect against mucus from building up anew.

    For dry coughs, Dextromethorphan (Vicks Formula 44) syrup can help provide relief from symptoms. It coats and soothes the throat to help prevent it from feeling sore and itchy. 

    Read more about dealing with coughs here.

    For fever and minor aches: Tempra

    Paracetamol (Tempra) is a type of medication that helps reduce fever. It also provides temporary relief to minor aches and pains like toothache, muscle pain, and headache. For young kids, the syrup comes in a palate-friendly flavor like orange.

    Read more about managing fever here.

    For body pain: Salonpas

    Not all pain relievers are taken orally. There are also medicated patches that can help address body pain and aches when applied to the skin.

    Methyl salicylate + Menthol (Salonpas) is a topical analgesic that provides a soothing sensation to the skin. It helps relieve aches and pain from muscle fatigue, shoulder stiffness, simple backache, bruises, sprains, strains, or even arthritis.


    • Read the label of any over-the-counter medication before using it.
    • Check the age restriction, dosage, frequency, expiry date, and precautionary statements.
    • Know and be alert for any side effects.
    • Determine if the medication doesn’t mix well with other drugs.
    • Lastly, don’t be afraid to consult your doctor if you have any questions.

    It never hurts to be prepared, particularly during these worrying times. Double-check the contents of your medicine cabinet and check if you’re running out of these pain relievers. You can even make a list to make sure you won’t forget anything. Once your list is ready, head on over to Watsons to stock up on these products.

    With its wide range of health and beauty products, Watsons aims to be every family’s go-to health and beauty store. Shop at Watsons by visiting one of its 700 branches nationwide, online via the Watsons website, or through its call and delivery service.

    Stay prepared and protected as you and your family stay at home with the help of Watsons. For more updates, visit the Watsons website and follow its Facebook page.

    If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.


This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Watsons.