This post is brought to you by Dr.OTC. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor or compensation received in any way.
Have you ever found yourself in the HABA (health and beauty aid) section of a mass merchandise store or in a pharmacy trying to remember what OTC product it is you think you remember was helpful last time you or a family member wasn’t feeling well? Do you confuse ipecac with milk of magnesia? Do you confuse acetominophen or ibuprofen with NSAIDS? If you’ve ever found yourself trying to figure out which OTC health product might help you, Dr.OTC is a new app that might be a great solution for you.
Dr.OTC is an ad-free app, designed by a pharmacist, that will help save you time and frustration. The app is easy to use. First you select your age (or the age of the person you are shopping for). Then you select any symptoms that are currently present. You can also put in brand names and some store brands (such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, with more stores being added in the future). The app will use the information you’ve put in to find you a product that is made for the condition you are describing. You’ll be able to view product images and alternative brands in your results, where additional health tips are also included.
The app currently has a database with over 900 USA over-the-counter products. The database also has over 380 symptoms. The app features more then just cold & flu products. They also focus on many other minor conditions and symptoms that are treatable with over-the-counter (OTC) products like acne, arthritis, athlete’s foot, constipation, eczema, heartburn, insomnia, sunburn, warts, and so much more.
Now obviously the Dr.OTC app is for reference only, and should never be used in place of proper medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have an untreated or ongoing condition you should definitely consult with a qualified health provider regarding that. But I can see where an app like this would be really helpful. I mean, think of the small print in the packaging of OTC products that you either can’t see or can’t read! It’s worth having the app to help decipher that alone!
Dr.OTC is currently only available to download from app store. It offers a FREE 7 day trial, and costs only $0.99 to purchase a one year subscription beyond that.
What types of OTC medications and other health-related products have you needed a bit of help with while in the store?