Medications for the Home

The following medications can be purchased without a prescription and are recommended for the condition under which they are listed. Many of these over-the-counter medications are equally as effective as prescription medications. If these medications are ineffective in controlling the condition, the doctor may prescribe an alternative.

Cuts & Abrasions:

Use an antibiotic ointment on small cuts and abrasions after a thorough cleaning with soap and water. Examples: Neosporin, Polysporin and Bacitracin.

Diaper Rash:

A cream may be applied after every diaper change. Examples: Resinol, Balmex, Desitin, and Zinc Oxide. If a yeast infection is suspected, also apply a medicated cream three times a day, such as Lotrimin AF.

Allergic Reactions & Insect Bites:

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl or generic) elixir may be given by mouth to reduce the symptoms. The dosage is listed in the table below under Allergic Symptoms.

Sore Throat:

Lozenges and Chloraseptic Spray may help relieve the pain.


See the “Poison Prevention” page.. Call the Poison Control Center in Birmingham at 1-800-292-6678, or our office for advise.


Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

Itching Rash:

Calamine Lotion and colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno) or baking soda baths may be helpful.

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