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Tylenol, Advil, Motrin. They’re all the same right?
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Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are drugs that
you buy at the pharmacy without a prescription
— so basically all of the medicines you see on
the store’s shelves.
FYI: While this quiz will test your
knowledge of OTC medications, it’s not intended
to be a comprehensive guide to using them or
treating specific health problems. Talk to your
healthcare provider if you have any questions
about using or starting OTC medicines and
always follow the directions and warnings that
are printed on the labels.
1. What’s the active ingredient in
Tylenol? (Hint: it’s also the generic
2. What’s the active ingredient in Advil?
3. Advil is in a class of drugs called
NSAIDs. What does NSAID stand for?
4. You shouldn’t drink alcohol while
taking _________ .
Either ibuprofen or
Neither — both are safe to mix with
5. What do antihistamines do?
They treat pain caused
by muscle cramps.
They treat allergy symptoms like runny
nose, hives, or itchy eyes.
They treat acid reflux
They treat dehydration due to diarrhea or
6. Which of the following drugs is not
taken to relieve pain?
7. Which of these medicines can help
control a sudden case of diarrhea?
8. Which of the following is not used as
a sleep aid?
9. What does the medicine guaifenesin do?
It loosens stools to relieve
It thins mucus to relieve chest
It relieves pain caused by menstrual
It reduces swelling in the nasal
Relieve itchy, watery
11. Which one of these medicines would be
used to treat a case of athlete’s foot?
12. What does Flonase do?
Relieves pain due to
Relieves itching caused by fungal
Relieves canker sores
in the mouth.
Relieves sneezing and congestion from
None of the
13. Which medicine is used to suppress or
relieve coughing fits?
14. What’s the medicine used to treat
upset stomach, heartburn, and mild
15. Which of the following is a popular
antihistamine used to treat allergic
16. Which of the following antihisamines
can you take daily because it won’t make
All of the
17. What is pseudoephedrine used for?
Acid reflux and
Bacterial pink eye
18. If you’re bloated and gassy — which
medicine would you use?
19. Which medication can help with nausea
and vomiting from motion sickness?
20. True or false: all over-the-counter
pills expire after 12 months.
How Well Do You Know Over-The-Counter
You’re pretty clueless about medicines!
So you might get a little lost in the
medicine aisle, but don’t worry —
nobody’s perfect and that’s why
medicines have labels to explain what
they’re for! You can also always ask
the pharmacist any questions you have
about medicines, although it wouldn’t
hurt to review the basics.
You know your way around the medicine
When it comes to OTC medicines, you
definitely know a thing or two. But you
still might need help from a pharmacist
at times — or else you’ll have to spend
a while reading labels.
You might as well be a pharmacist!
Congrats! Are you literally a
pharmacist? You know A LOT about
over-the-counter medicines and you’d
probably know exactly what’s needed to
treat any symptom. But if you’re not
ACTUALLY a pharmacist, it can’t hurt to
consult one if you have any questions.
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