Common antiseptics include alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, benzalkonium chloride, iodine and boric acid. Alcohol, ranging in strength from 60 to 90 percent, is used to disinfect skin before certain medical procedures. Hydrogen peroxide, a common household antiseptic, also cleans and deodorizes wounds. Benzalkonium chloride is found in many first-aid sprays.Know More
Iodine, a rust-colored topical antiseptic, remains active for several hours after application. It is commonly used in surgical procedures. One of the most common ingredients found in creams and eye contact solutions, boric acid treats yeast infections, eye irritation and cold sores. All of these common antiseptics are available in over-the-counter first-aid products.Learn more about Medications & Vitamins
Antibiotics fall into several main classes, including penicillins, such as amoxicillin; cephalosporins, such as Keflex; macrolides, such as Biaxin and Zithromax; and fluroquinolones, such as Cipro and Levaquin, notes eMedicineHealth. Sulfonamides, such as Bactrim, and tetracyclines, including Vibramycin and Sumycin, are others.Full Answer >
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), aspirin, acetaminophen and narcotics are the most common pain-relief medications, according to eMedicineHealth. NSAIDS, such as Aleve and Motrin, are widely available over the counter, as is acetaminophen, which is branded as Tylenol, and aspirin. Narcotics are only available with a doctor's prescription, and include drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, Endocet, Percocet and Stagesic, among others.
Nasal decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants and cough expectorants are some of the typical medications for the common cold, according to Healthline. These over-the-counter medications help alleviate the symptoms of colds.Full Answer >
As of 2015, one of the more common uses of peppermint oil is to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, according to WebMD. Specially coated pills allow the oil to be absorbed by the intestine, which research suggests may help with abdominal pain and bloating.Full Answer >