Last updated on January 2nd, 2024 at 01:06 pm
Your medicine cabinet is the first place you go when you or your family aren’t feeling well. But side effect warnings and possible drug interactions can make you think twice about what’s in there.
Spring is the perfect time to replace medications with a few better-for-you solutions. You can transform for your medicine cabinet into a “greener” and healthier resource for your family with a few simple swaps.
1. The medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen, are some of the most popular pain relievers used in the world today. However, these medications come with some interactions and should be taken with a meal. The swap: Arnica montana is a pain-relieving plant that’s been used for centuries. As a homeopathic medicine, it relieves muscle pain, stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising.* It’s available in oral pellets and quick-dissolving tablets that you can take before, during, or after strenuous activity. Best of all? No known drug interactions and no need to take with food or water.
2. The medication: Cough suppressants are commonly used to calm coughs by blocking the cough reflex. However, some evidence suggests that these over-the-counter drugs are ineffective at stopping coughs. The swap: Chestal Honey cough syrup works to improve the productivity of a cough instead of working against the body as a suppressant. The blend of homeopathic medicines and real honey loosens chest congestion and relieves all types of common coughs that occur either day or night.* Also available as Children’s Chestal Honey.
3. The medication: Antacids are a quick way to neutralize heartburn, but these chalky tablets can cause constipation for some people and may interfere with the absorption of other medicines if taken at the same time. The swap: Acidil targets occasional heartburn, indigestion, bloating, and upset stomach.* These tablets dissolve under the tongue for convenience and discretion the moment symptoms strike. Acidil does not interact with or slow down the absorption of other medications.
4. The medication: Antihistamines come in many varieties. They are often recommended as the first line of treatment for seasonal allergies, but some can make you feel sleepy or cause dryness in your mouth and eyes. The swap: AllergyCalm relieves specific symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies.* This non-drowsy and non-habit forming medicine is available in quick-dissolving tablets and sweet-tasting pellets, making it ideal for everyone ages 2 and up.
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*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.