The 17th annual survey of pharmacists' over-the-counter recommendations includes their picks for everything from coughs and colds to family planning products.
Admittedly, there is no science behind this, but a lot of us value our pharmacists' opinion…right? So, if you think it's interesting to see the vote from pharmacists overall on various products we use, here's what they decided.
For allergy sufferers who need a decongestant to stop the runny nose, Sudafed was the big pick. For antihistamines to stop itchy allergies, it was almost a tie between 2 non-drowsy choices, Claritin and Zyrtec.
If you have a cough, the pharmacists most often picked Delsym followed by Mucinex DM and Robitussin. To fight the basic headache, all pain relievers were close, with Tylenol, Excedrin, and Advil getting a little edge over Aleve. But when it comes to a migraine, Excedrin Migraine was preferred by a large margin of pharmacists.
For arthritis pain, Aleve, Advil, and Motrin were about equal. But for menstrual pain, Midol was preferred over anything else.
Finally in the antacid category, Tums was recommended more than anything else. And the last problem, the one nobody wants to talk about, Pharmacists prefer Imodium for diarrhea.
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