Antiseptics are applied to the skin to reduce the possibility of infection. Common antiseptics include rubbing alcohol, boric acid, hydrogen peroxide and iodine. Commonly used in antiseptic towels, a family of substances known as quaternary ammonium compounds are also considered antiseptics. Examples are benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine.
Benzalkonium chloride is a common active ingredient of over-the-counter antiseptic first-aid sprays. Additionally, hydrogen peroxide, 6-percent strength, is a common household antiseptic used to treat cuts and wounds. It can also be used as an eyewash at lower strengths. At strengths greater than 50 percent, this substance is used to sterilize surgical instruments.Learn More
Taking excessive amounts of zinc supplements can cause minor health problems, according to the National Institutes of Health. Symptoms of a zinc overdose include nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, stomach cramps, headaches and diarrhea.Full Answer >
Depending on state law, some types of insulin are available without a prescription. As of 2007, patients can purchase older types of insulin, such as insulin regular, without a prescription in all states except Alaska, states Islets of Hope.Full Answer >
Mucinex is an effective drug for treating the symptoms of the common cold and flu. It works by diluting the mucus and making it less sticky, to make coughing easier.Full Answer >
Advil, also known as Ibuprofen, is a mild blood thinner with effects that last for several hours after the medication has been taken, according to Spine-Health. As a result, Advil may reduce the effectiveness of diuretics and blood pressure medications, and should not be taken together or within the same time frame.Full Answer >