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OTC Medications

Listed below are nonprescription medications that the nurses can give to students only with
parent permission. We hope that using these medications, as needed, will reduce both
absenteeism and student discomfort while in school. If a student needs routine medications,
other arrangements should be made. Medications will be given in age/weight appropriate
doses. You will be informed if nonprescription medications are given to your child.

  • Abreva for cold sores or lesions on face or lips
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for headache and fever
  • Albuterol (see Albuterol order) for emergency use in asthmatic reaction
  • Benadryl (Diphenhydramine HCL) for allergy symptoms
  • Benzocaine Sting Wipes for insect bites and stings
  • Blistex ( or generic) - for relief of chapped lips
  • Calamine or Caladryl Lotion (or generic) for itchy rash (not to be applied around the eyes)
  • Cepacol or other sore throat spray
  • Chloriseptic throat spray or Listerine mouthwash for relief of sore throat
  • Clotrimazole as an antifungal for skin itch and rash
  • Cough Syrup (non-alcohol based, such as Robitussin) for dry coughs
  • Epi pen (See epi pen order) for emergency use in allergic shock
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for muscle aches and pains, cramps, sinus pain
  • Loratadine (Claritin) for allergies and sinus
  • Maalox ( or comparable nonprescription antacid) in liquid or tablet form for stomach upset
  • Natural tears (or any saline eye drops) for eye dryness and/or itching
  • Ocean Nose Spray ( or generic saline nasal spray) for stuffy nose or nasal dryness
  • Oragel ( or generic equivalent) for temporary relief of mild toothache
  • Throat lozenges for cough or sore throat
  • Tolnafatate or Clotrimazole as an antifungal for skin itch and rash
  • Topical antibiotic ointment for minor cuts and scrapes
  • Topical Hydrocortisone Cream for minor skin irritation, minor burns, and rashes (not to be
  • used on the face)
  • Tums for stomach upset (Middle & High school students ages 12 & older)
  • Vicks Vapor Rub for congestion. Apply to chest only (not to be used on the face)
  • Visine Allergy Eye Drops for itching eyes