Do you ever find yourself dumbfounded by the apparently limitless supply of pain relievers and allergy pills, wondering exactly which ones are right for you?

It should come as no surprise that many people become overwhelmed when shopping for over-the-counter (OTC) medications. There are an astounding 100,000+ over-the-counter products on the market, all of which are in competition for your money. Only about 1,000 active ingredients are used in these 100,000 or so products.

So, this means that you can find OTC medications sold under several different brand names and using several different combinations of ingredients. Some of the more commonly purchased medications that are sold under many different brand names include analgesics, heartburn medications, and allergy pills.

You can take some of the stress out of shopping by looking at your medicine chest to see what products you are already using. Check out the active ingredients on the medicines you use most often. Write down the names of all of the products and the active ingredients they contain.

The active ingredient in most pain relievers is usually acetaminophen (found in Tylenol), ibuprofen (found in Motrin), aspirin or a combination of any of these. A common additive to headache medicines is caffeine. Once you figure out exactly which ones are most effective for you and the active ingredients they contain, you can look for the basic product when you are reading labels at the pharmacy. Many times, the pricing difference between name brands and generics is quite large.

Diphenhydramine is the generic form of Benadryl. Tylenol PM and other sleep aids can include this. If you require something to help you sleep, but don’t need a pain reliever, consider giving generic Benadryl a try. You can spare yourself part of the expense and the unnecessary drugs. For example, three different sleep aids can each contain the same exact dosage of the same exact active ingredient, diphenhydramine, but they may be sold at drastically different prices. It’s no chore to compare the differences.

Often the medications that are available for the treatment of allergy symptoms contain the same exact active ingredients, but are packaged or priced differently. Frequently, there is a huge difference in price between brand name medications and their generic equivalents.

Side by side, you can look at generics and brand name products in our online store. Finding generics and comparing pricing is easy.

Several of the more popular products used to treat heartburn are readily available under their brand names and in their generic forms, too. You might be pleased with the price savings.

It is not necessary to just accept the drawbacks to not having the medicine due to a high priced name brand product. Find out if there is a generic equivalent available. Question a pharmacist. Your pharmacist will probably recommend something equally suitable.

Pain relievers, allergy medications, and products to relieve heartburn are accessible in a seemingly limitless selection of brand names, and you can save a significant amount of money when buying the generic versions. Some people say that they derive greater benefits taking generic or store brand medications instead of brand name drugs. Some generics are ineffective for others. Buy a smaller sized container if you are trying a product for the first time. Test the product for yourself. You can put that money into your savings fund if it’s effective. You deserve it!