Over the Counter Pain Killers

Tylenol is the drug Acetaminophen, which generically is available by that name or “Non-Aspirin Pain Killer”. Motrin and Advil are brand names of the generic, Ibuprophen. Aleve is naproxen sodium. All of the above pain relievers are available in generic form at most drug and general merchandise stores.

Are they as potent as their brand name counterparts? They have to be, as they must conform to United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) and/or National Formulary (NF) standards. One of the most widely used antihistamines, Benadryl, is Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride It’s generically available as “Allergy Medication”. The drug can and may cause drowsiness, and is utilized for this side effect in some over the counter “sleep aid” compounds. It’s also used in cough medicines because of another side effect and is also used as an “anti-itch” ointment for external application.

So next time you’re shopping for any of these products take the time to read the labels and compare prices. You’ll be astonished at the money you’ll save by just buying generic.

There is also a wide range of “store brand” products ranging from groceries to pharmaceuticals that are comparable if not superior to nationally advertised brands.

So be a “savvy shopper” think generic and buy generic