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How To Shop For Medicine In Crown Heights, Brooklyn
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How To Shop For Medicine In Crown Heights, Brooklyn

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US Editorial Team Lead
Updated: 5 January 2017
The Crown Heights area of Brooklyn is one of New York City’s premiere neighborhoods for young professionals. With a plethora of cultural sites nearby including the Brooklyn Museum, Barclay’s Center, and Prospect Park, Crown Heights is the perfect place to lay your head — especially if you’re in town for a long visit. But if you’re new to Brooklyn, it’s probably not the easiest place to navigate if you’ve got an unforeseen health problem. While you could just lay in bed for your entire stay, the better option is usually to suck it up, find some over-the-counter meds, and explore what Crown Heights has to offer.

But where do you find medication? What are the names of local pharmacies? Do cold and flu meds have the same names no matter where you go? The answers to these questions aren’t as simple as you may think. Luckily, Culture Trip has you covered.

Pharmacies In Crown Heights

In Crown Heights, pharmacies range from small mom-and-pop spots that have been around for ages to large national chain stores. Whether you need to get an emergency prescription filled or simply need something to alleviate a pesky headache, below is a map that shows pharmacy locations in the area.

How to Navigate Local Pharmacies

Most pharmacies in the area are pretty straightforward. Standalone pharmacies (often called “drug stores”) operate similar to any other shop: you walk in, peruse the aisles, find what you need, and bring it to the cash register. If you need a prescription filled, go directly to the pharmacist (who will likely be standing behind the register) and he/she will be able to assist you.

Pharmacy sections that are part of larger stores — in Crown Heights, likely Rite Aid, CVS, or Duane Reade — will be situated towards the back of the store. There, you’ll find aisles dedicated to over-the-counter medications, as well as a pharmacist to assist you.

Over-the-Counter Meds For Common Health Issues

Being in an unfamiliar place without proper medication when you get a cold or a digestive issue can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Here are names of over-the-counter medications that treat the symptoms of common ailments you may encounter as you travel:





Common brands: Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, Excedrin, Motrin


Digestive Issues

Diarrhea: loperamide (brand: Imodium) and bismuth subsalicylate (brands: Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate)

Nausea: Emetrol is the most common over-the-counter brand for nausea relief. Most other over-the-counter anti-nausea meds are just called “anti-nausea,” but the active ingredient is dextrose.

Heartburn: Antacids (name: Alka-Seltzer, Milk of Magnesia, Gelusil, Maalox, Tums, Mylanta, Rolaids, Pepto-Bismol), acid reducers (name: Axid AR, Pepcid AC , Zantac 75) and combination antacid/acid reducer (name: Pepcid Complete )


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Cold & Flu

Congestion: Mucinex Sinus-Max, Sudafed Congestion, Sinex, Tylenol Cold & Sinus

Cough: Delsym Cough Relief, Robitussin, Vicks NyQuil Cough, Halls Cough Drops, Ricola Cough Supressant Cough Drops

Sore Throat: Cepacol, TheraFlu & Sore Throat, Chloraseptic, Sucrets Sore Throat

General Cold & Flu Symptoms: Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu, Theraflu Severe Nighttime Cold & Cough, Contac Cold & Flu Caplets, Zicam Cold


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