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Medicines You Need To Have Beyond The Mask, While You Are At Home

By Trishi Dhingra

Updated - March 19, 2020 3 min read

I see people chasing masks and hand sanitizers when you should really be stocking up on vital medicines and other medical remedial products to avoid any kind of panic later. With government and WHO advising us to practice home-quarantine, it's a good idea to stock, not hoard our cabinets with a few basic and readily available medicines right about now. 


If the thought of knocking the doors of pharmacies have skipped your mind too, don't worry, I've got you covered. Here's a checklist of 10 medical essential you should keep at your homes all the time. 


A word of advice though: Always check for the expiry date on the meds before you make the final purchase.


1. Crocin/Paracetamol

You cannot fight the virus with a bunch of pills but you can definitely get rid of normal fever or headache or even a toothache with these medicines in your cabinet. Don't go popping these pills for mild symptoms, save them for a real emergency. Dolo 625 can also give the same relief.

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2. Cough Syrup

Flu season is upon us and, don't be surprised if your throat goes itchy and hoarse. It's a common problem around weather change but just to be safe add cough syrup or tablets in your list too.

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3. Say No To Stomach Aches

Pepto-Bismol or Pudhinhara is a mild and good option if you have any kind of stomach ache at home. My advice; save yourself the pain and eat healthy food, drink warm water and avoid junk for now.

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4. Antacids

Burning sensation in your body after a heavy meal is a clear sign of gastric issues. Keep a few antacids or a pack of ENO at home to get rid of this pain. Or eat light.


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5. Anti-Allergics

Some people have meek allergic reactions to dust or pollen or even animal hair, to treat those keep a pack of Avomine tablets at home at all times.

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6. Vitamin C Chewy Tablets

Our immunity is the best hope we have against COVID-19. It only makes sense to keep it boosted with a lot of citrus fruits and these chewy tablets. They come in flavours so you have options. 

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Other than meds here are some more things you should ask your chemist to add in the cart:


7. Pain Relief Ointments 

A good pain-relief balm should be in your top drawers all the time. From muscle pain to headaches these ointments work like magic. 

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8. Antiseptic

The concept of keeping a good antiseptic spray, gel at home is our childhood years old. Since you'll be home probably cooking by yourself there are chances you might need it. 


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9. Adhesive Bandages

Make sure you don't run out of band-aids. They are the best ail to avoid any kind of infection you got from a cut or wound. 

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10. Doctor's Prescribed

If you are already on drugs for diabetes, or any other health condition now is a good time to stack up all your meds for the near future. We can expect a few pharmacies still operational during the lockdown but it's always good to be prepared. 

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Our preparations might be far-fetching but it's always better to be safe than sorry. You need to understand that social distancing is not the end of the world, it's just a precautionary measure to immobilize infamous coronavirus. 


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