OTC Supplies

To help you stay healthy, and treat viral illnesses or minor injuries, you should know which over-the-counter (OTC) medications and supplies you can use to treat specific symptoms. Here is a list of supplies that we recommend you bring with you to campus:

  • Supply of personal prescription medications
  • A list of known drug allergies
  • Hand sanitizer (large bottle for room and travel size)
  • Thermometer (oral digital type)
  • Cold/Flu Kit
    • Pain relievers and fever control medicine (e.g., acetaminophen, ibuprofen)
    • Decongestants (e.g., Sudafed*) 
    • Expectorant (e.g., Mucinex, Robitussin) 
    • Antihistamines (e.g., Benadryl)
    • Saline nasal spray
    • Cough drops
  • First Aid Kit
    • Gauze
    • Adhesive bandages (e.g., Band-Aids)
    • Antibiotic cream (e.g., Neosporin)
  • Tissues
  • Soup packages, saltine crackers, ginger ale
  • Antacid, antidiarrheal, antinausea (e.g., Maalox, Pepto Bismol, Bonine, respectively)
  • Tweezers
  • Ice pack
  • Ace bandages in 2-3 sizes
  • Anti-itch cream/gel
  • Hydrocortisone 1% cream
  • Medication for hay fever or seasonal allergies (e.g., Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra)
  • Sunscreen
  • Eye wash or saline eyedrops

*The listed medications are suggestions. We do not endorse any particular product. 

If you do not have these items on-hand, many may be available at the U. and C Stores, or local pharmacies in the area.

If your injury seems urgent or your illness continues/progresses for more than a few days, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.