What are the equivalents of «our» medicines you can buy in the US?

Some drugs take US from headaches and allergies? How to replace a reliable and trusted Citramon?

Moving is serious business. The immigrant does not become in one day. Often this process stretched on for years. Suppose you have not yet passed all the major stages of socialization in a new place in the US, although they’re in the country legally, have a permanent residence and stable income. One day you have a fever. You could just open the home first-aid kit and get the right medicine — we have to have all medicines for providing first aid. What to do if you do not have the usual pills?

On the one hand. If you’re sick, the best solution is to consult a doctor. Self has never made anyone good. And on the other hand — you’re not going with every migraine to run to the hospital, there must be some medication in your home medicine Cabinet to, if not cure, then at least to ease the sudden pain. And here we come to the question – what, in fact, drink from migraines in the United States?

We have compiled a list of the main medicines in the U.S. that you can use instead of drugs.

If you have a headache

Headache always brings a lot of inconvenience. We don’t usually pay attention until the pain becomes unbearable. But in this case, the vast majority of people prefer taking pills to going to the doctor.

The most common medicines in the post-Soviet space:

  • Spazmalgon
  • Paracetamol
  • Analgin
  • Sedalgin
  • Nalgesin
  • Citramon
  • Acetylsalicylic acid – aspirin

Use in the United States:

  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Excedrin
  • Aleve
  • Motrin
  • Percogesic

If you feel that you do not have a simple headache and a migraine (nausea, dizziness, impairment of visual perception), before turning to the doctor, you can help:

  • Excedrin Migraine
  • Aleve
  • Advil Migraine
  • Tylenol

According to estimates by pharmacists, the best treatment for headache is considered a Tylenol. Voted for by 27%. In second place Excedrin (24%) and third – Advil (23%).

Zahid Bajwa, Director of the headache Institute at Boston PainCare Center and Secretary of the American Academy of pain medicine, says that pharmacists recommend Tylenol most often since the drug is most safe for patients. It has less contraindications compatibility with other drugs and fewer side effects than other drugs. Nevertheless, people with liver problems should be cautious when taking Tylenol, since its main ingredient is acetaminophen, also available in Excedrin which can cause liver damage with prolonged use in large quantities.

For comparison, Advil and Motrin contain ibuprofen — nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain, fever and swelling, which can cause heartburn, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. According to Bajwa, Tylenol usually does not have these side effects

If you have a toothache (or any other pain)

To endure tooth pain none. And often it comes at the wrong time – at night, on vacation, during an important meeting. In such a case it is better to have the medication that at least will help to wait for a visit to the dentist.

The most common medicines in the post-Soviet space:

  • Analgin
  • Aspirin
  • Paracetamol
  • No-Spa
  • Ketanov
  • Nurofen
  • Diclofenac
  • Took

Use in the United States:

To treat toothache

  • Orajel
  • Anbesol
  • DenTek Toothache Kit
  • Kank-A

For the treatment of periodic female pain

  • Midol Complete
  • Advil
  • Motrin
  • Aleve
  • Pamprin
  • ThermaCare

The safest drug for a toothache is considered to be Orajel. The medication contains benzocaine, which in rare cases can cause a life-threatening condition known as methemoglobinemia, when the amount of oxygen in the blood becomes dangerously low. For this reason, it is not recommended to give Orajel children under two years of age.

Painful sensations during the girl period most often used Midol Complete, Advil and Motrin. But do not forget about non-drug remedies, such as chamomile tea or a massage. If the pain is too strong or recurs regularly – be sure to see a doctor.

If you have a cold, the flu or a sore throat

Let’s start with the fact that in Russian-speaking countries against the cold quite slight. Most often it is transferred up, even without medical attention, continuing to go to work. This is the reason for the high rate spread of colds during the autumn-winter period. But you can catch a cold in the summer, and even easier than in the winter – you should spend 30 minutes under direct streams of air conditioning, and cold temperature you provided.

Flu and sore throat will not ignore. Willy-nilly, to take their health seriously. First and foremost, we need tools that help to reduce fever and reduce sore throat.

The most common medicines in the post-Soviet space:

— for colds

  • Various instant teas (Coldrex, Fervex, Nimesil)
  • Aspirin
  • Analgin (together with aspirin)

Use in the United States:

  • DayQuil Cold & Flu
  • Tylenol Cold + Flu Severe
  • NyQuil Cold & Flu
  • Theraflu
  • Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu

— quinsy (antibiotic prescription)

  • Azithromycin
  • Amoxicillin
  • Cephalexin
  • Cefdinir
  • Keflex
  • Biaxin

If you have an Allergy

Usually the main symptoms of allergies in adults and children are runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. Condition bad, literally an uncontrollable flow of tears and snot really screws up life, so sensing the approach of the Allergy attack, you should immediately take the medication. First, it will allow to prevent the occurrence of undesirable symptoms, and, secondly, will prevent the development of complications.

The most common medicines in the post-Soviet space:

  • Suprastin
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  • Claritin
  • Diphenhydramine

Use in the United States:

  • Claritin
  • Zyrtec
  • Allegra Allergy
  • Benadryl

The undisputed leader in the treatment of Allergy symptoms in the US Claritin is considered, it can be purchased in virtually any pharmacy.

The most popular American first aid

In addition to medication for the treatment of serious diseases, everyone should be home a minimum set of the most simple medicines that you can buy in the nearest supermarket.

Cough syrups:

  • Mucinex
  • Robitussin
  • NyQuil

Spray for nose breathing (instead of Naphazoline):

  • Afrin
  • NasalCrom
  • Neo-Synephrine

A remedy for indigestion (instead of our activated charcoal and enterosgel):

  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Emetrol
  • Pancreatin (analogue of Mezym)

Tool for handling open wounds (instead of iodine and green fodder):

  • Eosporin
  • Polysporin
  • Hibiclens

Please do not forget that self-medication does not replace advice from a specialist. If the pain returns periodically, use these drugs only as a temporary remedy while you are waiting to see a doctor. Do not ignore the warning signals from your body!