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5 Generic Walmart Medications for Every Medicine Cabinet

At a recent summer barbecue, a relative of mine who is an RN told me about secrets she learned while working at her hospital.

All of these over-the-counter common medications came from Walmart for only 88 cents a box!

All of these over-the-counter common medications came from Walmart for only 88 cents a box!

How I Discovered These Inexpensive Alternative Medications!

Recently at a summer barbecue, a relative I haven't visited with in years told me about a secret she had learned as a registered nurse.

I was explaining to her how my medications are becoming too costly to afford. After hearing my story and listening to the medications I take either daily or whenever I catch a cold, she went on to tell me secrets she learned from working at a hospital for years.

At first, I didn't believe her recommendations would really make that much difference to my health. I was so wrong. I'm writing this article to share her secrets—so that you, too, can save money on common over-the-counter medications.

1. All Day Allergy Relief

Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec, and now Walmart All Day Allergy Relief for 88 cents!

Years ago I was prescribed Allegra for allergies. It was prescription only back then. Now it's found over-the-counter at most pharmacies.

I also took Claritin for a time when I was pregnant. It was the only allergy medication that was deemed safe then. That was quite a long time ago, so I'm not sure what the medical standard is today for pregnant women.

Recently, within the past two years, my doctors suggested that I try Zyrtec. I started taking it every day and it works great. The problem for me was the cost. At almost $1 a pill, or $26 for a month's supply with a coupon, I simply could not afford it any more. I started buying a five pack for $5.95 at Walmart just to get by during allergy season.

That's until this past summer, when it was recommended that I look for the green allergy box at Walmart. It's only 88 cents, I was told. Hard to believe! I talked with a few other people at the barbecue and no one had heard of it before. Some said that they take a Walmart brand allergy relief pill, but it's $11 a box.

I took a trip to Walmart to see for myself. Sure enough, I did find a green Allergy Relief pillbox. It was located on a shelf next to all of the other name-brand pills. Now, it's moved over to the end of the same aisle with a variety of other generic medications for 88 cents.

When I first tried it, I was very skeptical. But it worked! I've been taking it ever since. I don't have to take it daily, but even it if I did, at 88 cents a box for 14 tables, I could get two boxes for the entire month for $1.76.

Walmart brand for 88 cents.  Works great for daily allergies.

Walmart brand for 88 cents. Works great for daily allergies.

Comparison: Zyrtec Vs. Walmart All Day Allergy Relief

 ZyrtecWalmart Brand

Active Ingredient

Cetirizine HCl 10 mg

Cetirizine HCI 10 mg

Purpose

Antihistamine

Antihistamine

Inactive Ingredients

Gelatin, glycerin, mannitol, pharmaceutical ink, polyethylene glycol 400, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitan, sorbitol

Corn Starch, D&C red #27, Aluminum lake, Dicalcium phosphate, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline cellulose, Polyethylene glycol, Polyvinyl alchohl, Silicon dioxide, Stearic acid, Talc, Titanium dioxide

2. Heartburn Relief

For the past couple of years, I have suffered from acid reflux and heartburn. A lot of people I know suffer from the same thing. I've been to many doctors and they prescribe expensive prescription medications.

My latest prescription was for Pepcid AC. At $10 a month, that may not sound like a whole lot of money to sacrifice for heartburn relief. But after finding out that Walmart sells a generic brand over-the-counter for 88 cents a box, I had to try it out.

To my surprise, the Walmart generic Original Strength Heartburn Relief worked just as well as the prescription.

To me this meant, no more appointments at the doctor to have a $10 prescription refilled, when I could buy the same thing at the store for $1.76 for two boxes. Each box contains 12 pills.

This product can be taken daily, but is meant as occasional relief from heartburn.

Walmart heartburn relief pills for 88 cents.  Works well for occasional heartburn.

Walmart heartburn relief pills for 88 cents. Works well for occasional heartburn.

Comparison: Pepcid AC Vs. Walmart Original Strength Heartburn Relief.

The first trip to Walmart, I found the Equate Brand. The second trip, I couldn't find that. I found Assured brand instead. They were both 88 cents.

 Pepcid ACAssured BrandEquate Brand

Active Ingredient

Famotidine, 10 mg

Famotidine, 10 mg

Famotidine, 10 mg

Purpose

Acid Reducer

Acid Reducer

Acid Reducer

Inactive Ingredients

Hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, red iron oxide, starch, talc, titanium dioxide

Hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, iron oxide red, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol 500, pregelatinized starch, talc, titanium dioxide

Colloidal sillicon dioxide, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch, syntheic red iron oxide, talc and titanium dioxide

Both of these are Walmart brands for 88 cents.  They are both for occasional heartburn.

Both of these are Walmart brands for 88 cents. They are both for occasional heartburn.

3. Multi-Symptom Cold Relief

Years ago, after suffering from multiple sinus infections, a doctor recommended that I stay away from over-the-counter sinus medications. Sure enough, since then, every time I've ever taken a sinus medication, other than one prescribed by a doctor, I've ended up with worse sinus problems than when I took nothing to relieve the pressure, pain and breathing issues.

However, whenever I do catch a cold and have trouble sleeping, I turn to a multi-symptom cold relief medication. Usually, I find them in combination box. Several major brands sell this type of product.

Recently, I found Walmart had a brand for 88 cents. It comes in a combination box with Daytime and Nighttime cold relief. There are 6 caplets for each. That's a total of 12 caplets.

It just so happened that I caught a cold. I took the nighttime relief after spending a day in bed not being able to breathe properly and combatting a sinus headache. To my pleasant discovery, the Walmart brand worked so well that by morning I felt completely better.

The product compares itself to the active ingredients of Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime and Nighttime. But since researching for this article, I learned that Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime manufacturing has been discontinued.

Walmart brand cold relief pills for day or night.  These work great and are only 88 cents a box!

Walmart brand cold relief pills for day or night. These work great and are only 88 cents a box!

Comparison: Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Vs. Walmart Multi-Symptom Cold Relief

DaytimeTylenol Cold Multi-SymptomWalmart Brand

Active Ingredients

Acetaminophen 325 mg, Dextromethorphan HBr 10 mg, Phenylephrine HCl 5 mg

Acetaminophen 325 mg, Dextromethorphan HBr 10 mg, Phenylephrine HCI 5mg

Purpose

Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer, Cough Suppressant, Nasal Decongestant

Pain reliever, fever reducer, cough suppressant, nasal decongestant

Inactive Ingredients

Anhydrous Citric Acid, Carnauba Wax, Corn Starch, Flavors, Hypromellose, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Powdered Cellulose, Pregelatinized Starch, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Sucralose

Corn starch, croscarmellose sodium, crospovidone, flavor, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, povidone, silica gel, stearic acid, sucralose, talc, titanium dioxide

NighttimeTylenol Cold Multi-SymptomWalmart Brand

Active Ingredient

Discontinued

Acetaminophen 325 mg, Chlorpheniramine maleate 2mg, Dextromethorphan HBr 10mg, Phenylephrine HCI 5mg

Purpose

Pain reliever/fever reducer, antihistamine, cough suppressant, nasal decongestant

Inactive Ingredients

 

Corn starch, crospovidone, FD&C blue #1 aluminum lake, FD&C #2 aluminum lake, flavor, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, povidone, silica gel, sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid, sucralose, talc, titanium dioxide

4. Antihistamine Allergy Relief

As an allergy sufferer, and sometimes even having a full-blown allergy attack for seemingly no reason, I always keep Benadryl on hand in our medicine supply.

I found a Walmart alternative for 88 cents a box for 36 minitabs.

This is different from a daily allergy pill as it is immediate relief for sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and itchy throat brought on suddenly from such things as coming in contact with allergens. Pet dander, dust, and mold, are the types of things that trigger my allergies.

Walmart allergy relief for 88 cents.  This is more like Benedryl which would be taken for occasional allergy attacks.

Walmart allergy relief for 88 cents. This is more like Benedryl which would be taken for occasional allergy attacks.

Comparison: Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Vs. Walmart Allergy Relief Minitabs

 BenadrylWalmart Brand

Active Ingredient

Diphenhydramine HCl 25 mg

Diphenhydramine HCI 25 mg

Purpose

Antihistamine

Antihistamine

Inactive Ingredients

carnauba wax, crospovidone, D&C red no. 27 aluminum lake, dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, pregelatinized starch, stearic acid, titanium dioxide

corn starch, D&C red #27 aluminum lake, dicalcium phosphate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, silicon dioxide, stearic acid, talc, titanium dioxide

5. Sore Throat Relief Lozenges

I even found a box of sore throat lozenges, not cough drops, with 9 lozenges to a box for 88 cents. That is a price that simply cannot be beat for relief of a sore throat.

Walmart sore throat lozenges for 88 cents.  Work great.  These are not cough drops.

Walmart sore throat lozenges for 88 cents. Work great. These are not cough drops.

Comparison: Cepacol Sore Throat Lozenges Vs. Walmart Sore Throat Relief Lozenges.

Allergy Warning: The Walmart product contains soybean.

 CepacolWalmart Brand

Active Ingredient

Benzocaine 15 mg, Menthol 3.6 mg

Benzocaine 15 mg, Menthol 3.6 mg,

Purpose

Oral pain reliever. Temporary relief of occasional sore throat, sore mouth, minor mouth irritation, and pain associated with canker sores.

Oral Anesthetic

Inactive Ingredients

acesulfame potassium, D&C red #33, FD&C red #40, flavors, glucose, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium bicarbonate, sucrose

FD&C Red #40, glucose syrup, natural and artifical flavoring, propylene glycol, sucrose, and water. Soybean oil and corn starch used as processing aids.

Disclaimer

I am not a doctor and this information is not to be used for medical advice.

All of the information contained herein is the opinion of the writer.

Consult with your doctor to find out if these products are safe for you. If you have any questions about taking them, consult with your doctor.

These medications are primarily for adult use. Some of them may be taken by children over 12 years of age. Always consult with a pediatrician before administering medications to children.

Conclusion

Whether or not you decide to try Walmart generic medications for anything from allergies to common colds is ultimately your decision. These medications may not be for everyone.

But after years of spending money on costly medications, I am so pleased that these generics work. They are affordable and inexpensive enough to have on hand without making needless doctor appointments for costly prescriptions.

Ultimately, I hope they work for you, too!

Please let me know in the comment section if you would ever consider trying these generic medications, if you have tried them, or why you would never feel safe using them. Thanks! I appreciate all of your input.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments

georgia may on November 24, 2017:

The term generic says it all! You are paying for the brand name if you don't. The FDA watches and tests before they hit the shelves. Thanks for the heads up!!!

KS on July 23, 2017:

Looking for common meds WITHOUT aluminum or titanium. Why is this crap considered edible?

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 14, 2015:

I see that I commented already, but I want to register my congratulations for the HOTD accolade. Well deserved!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 14, 2015:

Crafty, congrats on this HOTD, since I've read this awhile ago. Well deserved!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 14, 2015:

Excellent article! I swear by Walmart's Tussin for mucus and chest congestion when I have a bout of bronchitis! I have tried the rest but this stuff is the best! Also hydrocortisone cream. And in addition Motrin cost a small fortune, I but Walmart brand. And their antibiotic cream. Hydrogen Peroxide. Witch Hazel! Need I go on? Heck, we should get a commission from Walmart! :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 14, 2015:

Great info! I use the Generic Allegra from Walmart. It works!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 02, 2015:

Great hub, Crafty. Generic brand medicine sounds like it's cheaper and inexpensive than the others. I buy general medicine from Giant Eagle or Acme. Congrats on Editor's choice! Useful with a voted up!

CajunPatGirl on March 11, 2015:

I haven't tried the Walmart brand but Dollar Tree's Sinus tablets in the green box saved my job. Congested ears nearly forced me into retirement. Try them, they really work.

CraftytotheCore (author) on April 14, 2014:

Hi RTalloni! The costs sure are getting outrageous.

RTalloni on April 14, 2014:

A clever hub here! The cost of prescriptions is skyrocketing recently, making this a useful post.

CraftytotheCore (author) on December 10, 2013:

Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.

CraftytotheCore (author) on December 10, 2013:

Hi Moonlake! Thank you so much for commenting here. I'm allergic to trees. We get a real tree every year. Every year I suffer from headaches and sinus issues. I had those Walmart allergy pills on hand and so far no problems yet.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 30, 2013:

A useful hub to help save money . The charts are awesome!

moonlake from America on November 29, 2013:

Great list. Their generics are so much cheaper. Voted up and shared.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 19, 2013:

Hi Vespawoolf! Thanks so much for your comments. I'm so glad you found this helpful.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 19, 2013:

Wow, this is very useful information. Allergy medicines especially can be very pricey. Who would think the generic would only cost 88 cents?? I'm heading to Walmart now! : )

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 18, 2013:

Hi Teaches12345! You are so fortunate. I was never sick a day in my life until recently. Other than common colds and such, I never had the need for medications. The last couple of years have been difficult for me health wise as well as financially. I'm getting back my good health now though, so for that I'm thankful. And, I'm so relieved to find these inexpensive alternatives. Thank you so much for your input here!

Dianna Mendez on November 16, 2013:

This is a good reference for those who need to budget their medications. I keep myself pretty healthy and do not need the meds, but it is good information to know otherwise.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 16, 2013:

Awesome SmartandFun! I'm so thankful for your input here, because I'm telling people they work great. I'm so happy to hear that they work for you too! I love a bargain too! I hardly spend anything on meds these days, cut back from hundreds! What a wonderful tip for dog owners. My son has excema so I will definitely try to find the cortisone cream for him. I haven't noticed that one yet at our Walmart.

SmartAndFun from Texas on November 16, 2013:

I found these 88-cent medications at my Walmart a few months ago and have been using them ever since. They are so inexpensive, and they have worked for me and my family. I love a bargain and these are a really great bargain! I can't always find them in stock, so when I do, I stock up. We use the 88-cent cortisone cream, triple antibiotic ointment, benadryl cream and anti-diarrheal.

Speaking of dogs, I use Walmart generic ladies yeast infection cream in my dog's ear when she gets a yeast infection there. Problem solved for pennies! A wrote an hub about it, if anyone ever needs the instructions.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 16, 2013:

Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for commenting. One of my dogs had an eye infection. It cost $100 at the vet's to get a prescription eye cream. It didn't work. I went back to the vet and it was another $100. This time I saw a vet tech and she told me to buy Visine. It was buy 1 get 1 free at the pharmacy. I got 2 bottles for $4. It worked better than the eye cream for the vet. But I had to spend $200 to find that out! LOL

Rebecca Furtado from Anderson, Indiana on November 15, 2013:

Wow great hub. I buy benedryal for my dogs for skin reactions. I will definitely get the Walmart brand next time. The generic Zyrtec what a money saver... voted up.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 14, 2013:

Hi Mel! I hear a lot of people saying that same thing. They become tired after taking a non drowsy allergy pill. I've heard that about zyrtec, but that's never happened to me. Benadryl does make me tired though. I hope you have good success with the generic brand.

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on November 14, 2013:

I've never had any luck with the non drowsy allergy relief medicines. The only thing that works for me is Benadryl, and it conks me right out. I have never heard of Zyrtec so maybe I'll try this substitute. Great hub!

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 14, 2013:

Yes, absolutely Wiccan! Like for example, we have a local pharmacy. I've tried their off brands which aren't that much cheaper than name brands. They do not work for me at all. It's ridiculous because the items are supposedly the same thing. That's why I was skeptical about trying Walmart generics for 88 cents. I was pleasantly surprised that they worked out.

Mackenzie Sage Wright on November 14, 2013:

Great comparisons- as long as the active ingredients are similar I prefer to save a few bucks, especially in this economy. Nice work here.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Thank you so much Pamela! I truly appreciate your input here, especially since you are a nurse! That's wonderful. Many compliments to you. Thank you so much for stopping by.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi MsDora! I hope you never need them. That's wonderful news. Thank you so much for stopping by.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Eiddwen! Thanks so much for commenting and you input here! It's so nice to see you.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Alicia! Thanks so much for your input here. When I first went to look at Walmart, I didn't find what was recommended. I really had to search for them. Our Walmarts have these cardboard divided bins with 88 cents on the sides. In them, they do have some products. But the ones I listed here are usually found elsewhere on the shelves. I'm so glad I found them though.

I put those tables up there because I know a lot of people have allergies. Sometimes someone can take a regular pill, but not a generic because of the inactive ingredients. I hope they do prove helpful.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Wetnose! Wow, that's interesting. I did see a sign advertising that Walmart now has pet meds too. Our vet's office charges way to much for anything. The same thing here say is like $98. I have a friend down south that told me her vet charges $4 for the same thing! So having Walmart as an alternative is a good option.

Thanks so much for commenting.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Sha! I certainly hope it helps others. It has really taken the pressure off of our finances. Prescriptions are costly and add up, then adding the over-the-counter stuff to it was becoming too costly for us. Thanks so much for commenting and your input here.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Kidscrafts! Thanks so much for your input here. Those allergy pills were really costly, so I'm so thankful to have found an alternative that works just as well.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Faith! I would have never known about them because I really never had good experiences with generics. If someone hadn't told me, I wouldn't even know they existed. But these really do work well for me. Thanks so much for commenting!

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi DDE! Thanks so much for commenting. Yes, I totally have trouble with the seasons changing and weather. I used to get terrible migraines when it rained. I have that under control now, but it was dreadful. Thanks so much for your wonderful comments!

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Mhatter99! You are certainly welcome. I hope they work out. Thanks so much for stopping by.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Patricia! Thanks so much for stopping by. It's nice to see you. I like Walgreens too! :D

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Billy! You are lucky! I never got sick when I was younger. After having children, my health has started depreciating like my wallet! LOL Thanks so much for your input.

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Mythbuster! Thank you so much for commenting. They certainly have saved us money, so I do hope they help other families. :D

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Flourish! I was paying way too much for medications. So I was so excited to know I could save some bucks. LOL Thank you so much for commenting!

CraftytotheCore (author) on November 12, 2013:

Hi Victoria! I have not noticed that the green box pills make me drowsy, but I do know that some people find that Zyrtec does that. I never found that Zyrtec reacted that way to me though. Benadryl definitely makes me drowsy! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope they work out for you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 12, 2013:

I am a nurse also. I would try the generics. I always read the ingredients on the generics, which helps me determine what medications I will buy. This is a very good informative hub.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 12, 2013:

At the moment, I do not use any of these medications, but I read them through and they are a very valuable share. Thank you.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 12, 2013:

Interesting and very useful .Voted up and wishing you a great day.

Eddy.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 11, 2013:

This hub is very useful, Crafty, including the tables! I always buy generic medications instead of brand name ones whenever I can, as long as they both contain the same active ingredient, which they generally do. I get the medications at my local drug store and supermarket. I haven't checked Walmart prices, though. I'll do that now that I've read your hub. It sounds like they will be even cheaper than the store brands that I'm buying now!

wetnosedogs from Alabama on November 11, 2013:

Isn't it wonderful? I got my dog, Bella ChlorTabs from walmart, suggested by the vet. Cheap and worked better than Benadryl.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 11, 2013:

Crafty, I don't suffer from allergies but this is a wonderful money saving hub. The fact that you can attest to the effectiveness of the WalMart generic brand is a huge plus! I'm sure you'll have thousands of folks thanking you for this information.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on November 11, 2013:

Great advices for everybody and especially if you have a shrinking wallet because those options will allow people to save money at put that money to other important uses! Thank you very much for sharing this definitely useful and interesting hub!

Have a great day!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 11, 2013:

Hi Crafty,

Yes, indeed, bring on those generic money-saving products, and all of these will be used for sure in our home! Thanks for the reminder at the great cost saving products we can find when we use generic brands.

Up and more and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 11, 2013:

5 Generic Walmart Medications Every Medicine Cabinet Should Have on Hand. What a lovely hub, you always present such well informed hubs. The weather changes does make allergic reactions and all sorts. I look for ward to reading more hubs from you well done on your research Informative, interesting, useful and I vote up.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 11, 2013:

Thank you for the leads

Mary Miller from Wisconsin on November 10, 2013:

Really nice hub. We usually pick up generics at Walgreens, but these are even better deals. Thanks for the good advice!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 10, 2013:

This is one of those hubs that should do well in views over time; the keyword Walmart should be a winner.

I'm so disgustedly healthy, Brandi, that this hub probably isn't for me, but nice job on it.

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on November 10, 2013:

Good advice and thorough write up on 5 Wal-Mart buys that will save families money! Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 10, 2013:

Awesome options. Everyone can use a little extra money in their pocket. I don't always pay attention to price when I am sick so I will stock up ahead of time. Helpful info, Crafty!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on November 10, 2013:

I'm sold! I'm adding these to my Walmart list. I suffer from allergies. Do the ones in the green box make you drowsy? I have found the 88 cent pink box that compares to Benadryl, but I only use those at night, as they do make me drowsy. I'm going to try the ones you recommend for daytime. I think I've seen some of them before but never knew of anyone who took them. It's nice to hear that they work for you. They're worth a try at the price! Thanks!