Preston Drug

Top Ten Items for the Family Medicine Cabinet


  1. A list of emergency phone numbers -- including those for the local poison control center and the National Poison Hotline (800-222-1222)
  2. Products for pain and fever such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  3. Antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes
  4. Antacids for upset stomach
  5. Antihistamines for allergy symptoms
  6. Decongestants
  7. Hydrocortisone cream for itching and inflammation. However, hydrocortisone cream should never be used on chickenpox, burns, infections, open wounds, or broken skin
  8. Bandages, gauze pads, and adhesive tape for scrapes and cuts
  9. Thermometers
  10. Alcohol wipes, disinfectant sprays, and antiseptic sprays to clean scrapes and cuts and to prevent infections

Ellen Whipple Guthrie, Pharmacy Today (October 2004)