While the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, it’s good to remember that most mild cases of COVID-19 can be treated at home, in the same way you would treat a common cold. Many of the same things you do to feel better when you have a cold or the flu—such as resting, drinking fluids and taking over-the-counter (OTC) medications—help ease COVID-19 symptoms too. There might not be any official COVID-19 medications you can get without a prescription, but there are some everyday OTC medicines you may want to keep stocked in your cabinet for symptom relief when you’re feeling unwell.
Sold under the brand name Tylenol, acetaminophen can help control fever and manage pain, headaches and body aches caused by COVID-19.
Ibuprofen, sold under the names Advil and Motrin, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that helps lower fever and minimizes muscle aches. It may also reduce inflammation in your body. However, it’s important that ibuprofen be taken only at the recommended dose as NSAIDs may also raise blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends that people with heart concerns limit or avoid NSAIDs. It’s important to note that all pain relievers treat the same symptoms, so pain relievers should not be mixed without talking to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Cough suppressants work by reducing the cough reflex. Coughing that is persistent, uncomfortable or interrupting sleep may be treated with over-thecounter cough suppressants. When shopping, look for the ingredient dextromethorphan, which is available in more than 120 cough and cold products, including Delsym and Robitussin DM.
Before taking any over-the-counter medication, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist. For additional medical advice, questions or concerns, schedule a virtual appointment and speak with a licensed healthcare provider today!
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to provide healthcare recommendations. For concerns, please see a healthcare provider.