Medications

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The nonprescription products listed below are for the symptomatic relief of minor ailments. If symptoms do not improve or become worse, seek medical attention immediately.

These medications are intended only for student use. Keep all medications out of the reach of children. Avoid alcoholic beverages when taking medication.

If an adverse drug reaction occurs, stop using the product and inform your doctor. To learn more about medications, click on Drugs or e-mail health@sulross.edu.

 

Allergy and Cold Medication

Diphen -- Benadryl (Diphenhydramine HCl) Take one capsule by mouth every four to six hours as needed for allergy symptoms, motion sickness or insomnia. If you are told that you can take two capsules, then space times at every six to eight hours between doses. Do not exceed 12 capsules in a 24-hour period. Avoid this product if you have any stomach, intestinal, metabolic, eye or psychiatric disorders. Do not take this product if you are taking antidepressants. Contact your doctor before taking this product if you are breastfeeding or having asthmatic symptoms.

Loradamed -- Claritin (Loratadine 10 mg) Take one tablet by mouth daily on an empty stomach. Do not exceed one tablet in a 24-hour period. Taking more than directed may cause drowsiness. If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, have kidney or liver disease contact your doctor before using this product.

Sinus Relief -- Sudafed PE Non-drowsy (Phenylephrine 5 mg) Take 1 - 2 tablets by mouth every four to six hours as needed for nasal congestion. Do not exceed more than 12 tablets in a 24-hour period. Do not take this medication if you are on MAO inhibitors, antidepressants or psychiatric drugs. Check with your doctor prior to using this product if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, diabetes, enlarged prostate, are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stop using this product if you become nervous, dizzy or have trouble with sleep.

Products that contain pseudoephedrine are not available through Student Health Services but may be purchased from local retail pharmacies IAW the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

Eyes

Artificial Tears -- Visine (Polyethylene glycol 400 1% and Tetrahydrozoline HCL 0.05%) Put one or two drops into affected eye(s) up to four times daily. Contact your doctor before using this product if you have narrow angle glaucoma, you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Eye Wash -- (Purified Water) Flush affected eye(s) as needed. Follow package instructions.

Cough and Throat Discomfort

Silexin -- Robitussin DM (Guaifenesin 100 mg and Dextromethorphan HBr 10 mg) Take 2 tablets with water every 4 hours by mouth for a dry cough. Do not exceed 12 tablets per day. Drink plenty of fluid when using this product. Avoid parsley. If your cough last longer than one week, or is accompanied by a high fever, rash, severe headache or other worsening symptoms, seek prompt medical attention. Avoid this product if you are taking antidepressants or MAO inhibitors.

Menthol Cough Drops -- Allow one drop to dissolve in mouth every hour as needed. Stop using this product and seek medical attention if sore throat symptoms last one week or longer. Contact your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or have a cough that is chronic or produces excessive phlegm.

Larynex -- (Benzocaine 11 mg) Place one or two lozenges next to cheek and allow to dissolve. Do not chew. Repeat every two hours as needed for throat discomfort. Do not use this product if you are allergic to local anesthetics or have methemoglobinemia. Contact your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant, breast feeding or taking heart medication. Do not give to children younger than 6 years of age.

Stomach and Intestinal Remedies

Diarrest -- (Attapulgite) This product contains calcium carbonate and pectin. Follow package instructions before using this aid. Do not exceed 28 tablets per day. If you have hypercalcemia, heart problems or kidney disease, avoid this product. If you are pregnant or taking prescription medication, contact your doctor before using product.

Dimacid -- Similar to Di-Gel (Calcium and Magnesium Carbonate plus Simethicone) Take two or three tablets by mouth after meals and at bedtime. Do not exceed 24 tablets per day. Do not take this product if you have hypercalcemia, heart problems or kidney disease. For individuals who are pregnant or taking prescription medication, contact your doctor before using product.

Pain Relief and Noninflammatory

Ibuprofen -- (200 mg tablets) Take one or two tablets by mouth every four to six hours as needed for minor aches, and pain. Do not use longer than three days. Avoid this product if you are allergic to aspirin. Do not take this drug if you have angioedema, nasal polyps or have had an organ transplant. If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or taking prescription medication, contact your doctor before using this product.

Aminofen -- Non-aspirin, Tylenol (Acetaminophen 325 mg) Take one or two tablets by mouth every four to six hours as needed for minor aches. Do not take more than 12 tablets in 24 hours. Taking more than recommended dose may cause liver damage. If you are taking prescription medication, contact your doctor before using this product.

External Applications

Oral Gel -- (Benzocaine) Apply a small amount on minor mouth sores and gum irritations. Do not use for longer than one week. Avoid eyes. Do not use this product if you are allergic to local anesthetics or have methemoglobinemia. Contact your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant, breast feeding or taking heart medication. Do not give to children younger than 6 years of age.

Antifungal Cream -- Wash affected skin with soap and water. Follow package instructions when ready to apply. Do not use this product if you are pregnant.

Anti-Itch Gel -- (Benadryl Itch) for use on insect bites, minor burns, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, rash and oozing from poison ivy, oak or sumac. Apply to affected skin 3 to 4 times daily. Avoid eyes. Not for use over large surface areas of skin. Do not use on chicken pox or measles except as directed by your doctor.

Calagel -- Wash affected skin with soap and water. Then follow package directions when ready to apply Calagel. Do not use this product on chicken pox or measles.

Calamine Lotion -- Apply liberally as needed for mild skin irritation. Avoid eyes. Do not use on open skin or oozing areas.

First Aid Burn Cream -- (Bactine Antiseptic) For use on minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Wash affected area. Apply small amount 1 to 3 times daily. May cover with sterile dressing. Avoid eyes. Not for use over large surface areas of skin. Do not use this product for deep puncture wounds or animal bites as these injuries require prompt medical attention. Do not use if you are allergic to local anesthetics or have methemoglobinemia. If pregnant or you have heart problems, see your doctor prior to use.

Hydrocortisone Cream -- Clean skin with mild soap and water. Apply to affected area not more than three to four times daily. Avoid eyes.

Triple Antibiotic Ointment -- (Bacitracin, Neomycin and Polymyxin B) Wash affected skin with soap and water. Follow package instructions when ready to apply. Avoid this product if you have a known antibiotic allergy. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, contact your doctor before using this product.

Watergel Burn Jel -- (Lidocaine HCl 2%) Apply to minor skin burns as needed. Do not use this product if you are allergic to local anesthetics or have methemoglobinemia. Contact your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant, breast feeding or taking heart medication. Do not give to children younger than 6 years of age.