Over the counter medicines that you may need in New York

I always say and repeat: winter in New York is not easy. The temperatures are freezing and, for those who are not used to it, the weather can, perhaps, cause health issues. But, if you get sick, what to do? Well, here in the United States the pharmacies offer several medicines that are sold over-the-counter – the term used here. These medicines are on the shelves. But there are so many options and sometimes, even if you speak and understand English, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s best … Some days ago, my friend Paty (Nyorquina – she works doing personalized itineraries and gives remote advice during your trip here! has made a great post giving several tips about medicines that she always indicates to her clients and that are sold over-the-counter. I thought it would be nice to bring this content here to the blog. PLEASE NOTE: I am not a doctor, nor is Paty, the idea is to give guidance if you need something like this.

Muscle pain – I always say: in New York we walk a lot and a lot of people are not used to it. Your legs will end up feeling the difference at some point. Bengay is a great cream for you to apply on leg and relieve muscle pain.

Hand Sanitizer – it’s always good to remember: wash your hands and have a hand sanitizer on your bag. I like the spray versions.

Sore Throats – Throat & Cough Drops are great to treat this problem. Cepacol is a good brand.

Back pain– Hot & Cold patches are good to relief the pain.

Diarrhea– let’s face it: it can happens with everyone. You can take Imodium.

Pain Relief – you will find Tylenol if you have pain, but you can also get some general Pain Relief (Acetaminophen).

Cold – when you feel the first symptoms of flu or cold you can take Zicam. I also like Cold & Flu Relief, from Walgreens brand, with a version to take during the day and at night (yellow / green).

allergy – Allergy is a sad thing – and those who suffer from it know! I do not like taking pills, particularly, but if the symptoms get bad, look for Benadryl. Relieves symptoms such as itchy eyes and runny nose.

More important tips

  • Check out the similar versions – chains like CVS and Duane Reade (from Walgreens group) have their own brand and offer their own versions of many medicines quoted here – and others as well – which are always cheaper. You just check the active ingredient.
  • Drink plenty of water – always keep a bottle in the bag and always drink it. Keeping yourself hydrated, in winter or summer, is super important for your health and well-being.
  • Protect your head and your neck- scarf, gloves and cap make all the difference in your winter outfit.
  • Practice physical activities – I do not need to emphasize here the importance of exercises for our body and mind, right? In addition, a good physical training helps you to take walks here with more disposition
  • Take Vitamin C – Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system before you travel.


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