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These medications and supplies are used to treat a wide variety of problems.


EPINEPHrine (adrenaline, generic for EpiPen) injection is used to treat life-threatening allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is defined as a severe allergic reaction with one or more of lip, tongue, or face swelling, shortness of breath, vomiting, low blood pressure, and rash. If anaphylaxis is suspected, give epinephrine right away and seek further medical attention.


Naloxone (generic for Narcan) is used to treat opioid drug overdose. Use naloxone if someone has overdosed on opioids and has stopped breathing or is not breathing normally.


Defibrillator is used to treat cardiac arrest caused by two specific abnormal heart rhythms: ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.


Activated charcoal is used to treat poisoning. It binds to certain poisons to prevent them from being absorbed by the body.


Dimenhydrinate (generic for Dramamine) is used to treat and prevent motion sickness.


Aspirin is a pain reliever, and is used to prevent heart attack, stroke, and blood clots. Aspirin can be used for pain relief, and for treatment of a possible heart attack (myocardial infarction). If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, give aspirin immediately to help keep the heart's arteries open. If a heart attack is happening, it could save their life, and if not, it's unlikely to hurt. Seek help immediately. This medication should be taken with food.


Diphenhydramine (generic for Benadryl) treats allergic reactions. It may be used for both mild and severe allergic reactions.


Levonorgestrel (generic for Plan B) is an emergency contraceptive. Take one tablet as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy if primary birth control methods fail. Available for prescription to FEMALES ONLY.


Prednisone is a steroid used to treat inflammation. It is a versatile and common medication used in a wide variety of diseases. One common use of prednisone is to treat the inflammation in the airways that happens with an asthma attack. Prednisone can also be used to treat severe allergic reactions. Prednisone can be used to treat a breathing problem in someone with a history of asthma or COPD, or to treat a severe allergic reaction. Prednisone is often used in conjunction with albuterol which takes minutes to start treating the symptoms of asthma, while prednisone takes hours to work. This medication should be taken with food.


Pregnancy test is to check pregnancy status.


Pulse oximeter is used to measure the level of oxygen in the blood and the heart rate. This inexpensive and ingenious tool can detect low oxygen in the blood and identify heart rates that are too fast or too slow. Put the pulse oximeter on your finger to check your heart rate and oxygen level. A heart rate above 100 in an adult at rest is generally abnormal. An oxygen level below 95% is generally abnormal. Seek emergency medical attention if you are experiencing an abnormal heart rate or oxygen level, particularly if you are also having fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or other symptoms.


Thermometer is used to check for fever. Fever is generally defined as a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius.


The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately.