Over-the-Counter Medications for Mild COVID

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The list of possible symptoms of a COVID-19 infection is long and can manifest very differently from one person to the next. While over-the-counter remedies won’t have any impact on the virus itself, they can manage some symptoms and discomfort that COVID is causing.

For some of the more common symptoms, try these OTC medications:

Fever and Chills

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) not only reduce fever, but also can aid with generalized aches and pains that often accompany COVID-19 infections.


Antitussive products containing guaifenesin (such as Mucinex) are good options. The primary ingredient – guaifenesin – is an expectorant, which means it helps loosen mucus that may be forming in your chest. There are a combination products, as well, that will combine an expectorant with either a nasal decongestant or cough suppressant that can alter the signals the brain receives that trigger the cough.


Some people respond better to Aspirin-based products when it comes to headaches. Take either alone or in combination with other agents such as acetaminophen and caffeine.

Sore Throat

The most common medications for sore throat are lozenges that help soothe the irritation. Lozenges vary in ingredients with some containing menthol while others have products like benzocaine that have local anesthetic properties. It is also common for lozenges to include cough remedies like the cough suppressant dextromethorphan. Non-medication remedies work well for some, through. Consider warm fluids such as tea and broth.

Nasal Congestion

Options for treating congestion include both tablets and sprays. When nasal congestion is coupled with a runny nose, over-the-counter antihistamines like Claritin and Allegra make for a good choice. Decongestants are generally contraindicated with people who have high blood pressure and care should be exercised when choosing one of these products.

Regardless of the symptoms you experience and treat while infected with COVID-19, getting lots of rest and staying well hydrated should always be included in your recovery plan. And, if symptoms do become severe, contact your physician immediately.

The content of this site is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical conditions or treatments.