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Best over-the-counter products of 2017, according to pharmacists

U.S. News & World Report teamed up with Pharmacy Times for their annual list: 2017 Top Recommended Health Products.
/ Source: TODAY

What's the best sunscreen for your kids? Which lip balm product actually works? And what is the best remedy for a throbbing headache? If you find yourself wondering about any of these questions, you've come to the right place.

U.S. News & World Report teamed up with Pharmacy Times, which covers the pharmacy industry, on their annual list, 2017 Top Recommended Health Products. Thousands of pharmacists weighed in on more than 1,100 over-the-counter brands in 163 product categories. Whew — that's a lot.

There are a few returning favorites, like Neutrogena sunscreen and Claritin for allergy relief, but there are also a few new brands to check out. Here are a few of top five products in popular categories:


  • Advil
  • Excedrin
  • Tylenol
  • Motrin
  • Aleve

Cough and cold symptoms, daytime relief:

  • DayQuil
  • Advil Cold & Sinus
  • Mucinex
  • Tylenol Cold
  • Coricidin HBP

Children's allergy:

  • Children's Zyrtec Allergy Syrup
  • Children's Claritin
  • Children's Benadryl
  • Children's Dimetapp Cold and Allergy
  • Children's Allegra Allergy


  • Claritin
  • Zyrtec
  • Allegra Allergy
  • Benadryl
  • Chlor-Trimeton


  • Eucerin
  • CeraVe
  • Aquaphor
  • Cetaphil
  • Aveeno
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  • Neutrogena
  • Coppertone
  • Banana Boat
  • CeraVe
  • Bullfrog and Blue Lizard

Lip balms:

  • Carmex
  • Chapstick
  • Blistex
  • Burt's Bees
  • Aquaphor Lip Repair

Antibacterial soaps:

  • Hibiclens
  • Dial
  • Cetaphil
  • Softsoap
  • Dove

Here is the full list of all of the products and categories included in the U.S. News & World Report.