Accidents, illnesses, and other mishaps could happen in your family at any given time. This is why it’s very important to have a medicine cabinet handy where you can get access to medications and supplies to treat common illnesses and wounds fast and whenever you need it. But what exactly should you have in your medicine cabinet?

Antacids and antiflatulents

It’s not uncommon for a member of the family to experience heartburn, stomach pain, and diarrhea, and we all know how that could be a hassle. Make sure that you have a diarrhea medication, an antacid and anti-flatulent handy to treat digestive problems right away before they cause worse problems like dehydration.

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Whether you have someone at home who has allergies or not, it’s best to have some antihistamines handy at all times. Food allergies could strike any time and you need to treat them fast before they lead to shock. Antihistamines also help relieve sneezing and runny nose due to changes in temperature, pollen or dust. You can even invest in an Epipen for when someone gets bitten by a bug and severe allergic reactions happen.

Analgesics and antipyretics

Fever and pain are two common illnesses in a household, so it’s very important to buy a good antipyretic and analgesic in case someone experiences these problems. Aspirin is a popular antipyretic because it helps reduce fever fast, but it’s not recommended for children and those with blood problems. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are better options because they are safer and don’t have a lot of restrictions.


Nasal congestion is another annoying problem, especially during the cooler seasons. So, it’s good to have a few handy decongestants in your medicine cabinet. Just make sure to ask your doctor for recommendations on proper dosage, especially in children to avoid dangers due to drowsiness and other side effects. 

Creams and lotions

Aside from antihistamines, it’s good to have some creams and lotions handy for those bug bites, rashes and other skin irritations. Calamine lotion is a popular choice because it soothes itching fast and can be used by children. But for intense rashes, an antihistamine cream or cortisone should come handy.

First aid for wounds

Your medicine cabinet should not only have medications but also a few essential supplies to help you dress wounds before having them treated in a hospital. You’ll need cotton swabs, Betadine, bandages, gauze pads, and medical tape for first aid treatments. Having these at home gives you the advantage whenever someone needs first-aid treatment.

The takeaway

It’s always good to be prepared for when common illnesses and accidents happen in your household. Ask your doctor for any other items and supplies that should be in your medicine cabinet depending on your family’s specific needs and make sure to take inventory every few months to dispose any expired medications and supplies and replace them with new ones. You should also keep your medicine cabinet away from your children’s reach to avoid any accidents.

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