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Self-care Time Frames. Each symptom evaluation chart has a suggested time frame for using self-care measures. The time frame is underlined and in italics. If you don’t start to get better within the suggested time frame, see a health care provider.

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Self-care Time Frames

  • Each symptom evaluation chart has a suggested time frame for using self-care measures.

  • The time frame is underlined and in italics.

  • If you don’t start to get better within the suggested time frame, see a health care provider.

  • If at any time you think you are getting worse, see a health care provider. 


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Manage Symptoms Using Self-care

  • Step 1. Prevent symptoms from occurring.

  • Step 2.Read and use the self-care measures.

  • Step 3. Use common non-medications/home remedies.

  • Step 4.Use available OTC medications.

  • Step 5. See a health care provider.


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Using Over-the-Counter Medications (OTC)

  • OTC medications are available through the Self-care Program in the Self-care Pharmacy.

  • Follow all directions from the pharmacist as well as instructions on the package.

  • Follow all instructions on the self-care “green sheet”.


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Over-The-Counter Drugs (OTC Rx)

  • Non-prescription medications.

  • Most OTCs relieve symptoms only.

  • Some cure minor medical problems.

  • Others prevent minor illness.

  • Make sure you read and follow the directions.

  • Learn to recognize generic names.


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OTCs That Relieve Symptoms

  • Analgesics: Motrin IB (Ibuprofen - generic name)

  • Anti-Itch Creams: Cortaid (Hydrocortisone)

  • Cough Suppressants: Sucrets Cough Suppressant

  • Nasal Decongestants: Sudafed (pseudoephedrine - generic name)

  • Sore Throat Lozenges: Cepacol


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OTCs That Cure Minor Illness

  • Antifungals: Miconazole Cream

  • Antibiotic Ointments: Bacitracin

  • Acne Treatment: Benzoyl Peroxide


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OTCs That Prevent Illness

  • Body Powders: Talcum Powder

  • Mole Skin: Mole Foam

  • Stool Softeners: Colace (Ducosate)

  • Skin Protection: Sunscreen


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Pharmacy

  • Over-the-Counter Medication Usage Guidelines.

  • Report all known allergies.

  • Ask questions.

    • Frequency

    • Dosage

    • Side effects

    • Precautions


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Important Points to Remember

You may use the Self-care Program and sick call at different times and in different situations.

  • Up to five OTC drugs can be issued at one time and all must relate to the chief complaint.

  • OTCs cannot be shared with your buddies.

  • OTCs can mask serious symptoms.


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Symptom Evaluation Charts Exercise

  • Scenario 1: Soldier thinks he/she has a cold. Symptoms: pain around the eyes and in the head, no fever, no cough, and a stuffy nose.

  • Scenario 2: Soldier strained or pulled a muscle during exercise.

  • Scenario 3: Soldier has menstrual cramps.


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Sample

Green Sheet

TROOP MEDICAL CLINIC (TMC) SELF-CARE PROGRAMTREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SYMPTOMS/CONDITIONS

I am aware that I am participating in a self-care program. I understand that to properly perform self-care and safely treat any symptom(s) of conditions(s) that I may have during training I must follow the symptom evaluation charts. I also understand that I am responsible for carefully following the directions for use of any medication received through this program. I verify that I have read the self-care decision guide and the recommendations provided therein. I also verify that I am requesting treatment options(s) voluntarily. I also agree that I will not share medication with anyone and that I will be the sole user.

What allergies, to include medications, do you have?_________________________________________

What medicines are you presently taking? ______________________________________________

Print Name Print SSN Date

Signature Unit: Sex: M F

INSTRUCTIONS: After reading the Soldier Health Maintenance Manual and identifying the proper treatment option(s), find the symptom(s)/condition(s) that you have on the list below. Circle it. Then follow the line across to find the treatment option(s) for your symptom(s)/condition(s). Circle the treatment you would like to receive. Request the identified treatment option(s) from the Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic Pharmacy.

Treatment requests will be limited to five items.

NOTE: You can select Daytime OR Robo DM liquid but NOT BOTH. You can select Daytime OR SudaGest, but NOT BOTH.


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SYMPTOM/CONDITION:TREATMENT OPTION

Acne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medication (Benzoyl Peroxide)

Allergies & Hay Fever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SudaGest Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)*

Athletes Foot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miconazole Nitrate Antifungal Cream

Blisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mole Skin

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Band-Aid

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bacitracin Antibiotic Ointment

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baby Powder (Talc)

Constipation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Genasoft (Ducosate)

Cough with congestion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daytime*

Cough (dry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robo DM liquid*

Cut or Scrape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bacitracin Antibiotic Ointment

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Band-Aid

Diarrhea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anti-Diarrheal (Loperamide)

Earache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibuprofen Tablets

Headache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibuprofen Tablets

Heat Rash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baby Powder (Talc)

Insect Bite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calamine Lotion

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cortaid Cream (Hydrocortisone)

Jock Itch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miconazole Nitrate Antifungal Cream

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baby Powder (Talc)

Muscle Pain & Inflammation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ibuprofen Tablets

Nasal or Sinus Congestion (without cough) . . . . . . . . . . . . . SudaGest Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)*

Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac . . . . . . . . . . . . Cortaid Cream (Hydrocortisone)

PreMenstrual Syndrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibuprofen Tablets

Ringworm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miconazole Nitrate Antifungal Cream

Runny Nose or sneezing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SudaGest Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)

Sore Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cepacol

Upset Stomach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maalox Antacid Plus

Vaginitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gyne-Lotrimin (vaginal insert)

SAMPLE


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Using the Green Sheet

  • Scenario 1: Soldier thinks he/she has a cold. Symptoms: pain around the eyes and in the head, no fever, no cough, and a stuffy nose.

  • Scenario 2: Soldier strained or pulled a muscle during exercise.

  • Scenario 3: Soldier has menstrual cramps.


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For Emergency Symptoms

  • Self-care is only for minor health problems. If you are sick or hurt, get medical help right away. Tell your Drill Sergeant.

  • If you are very sick or badly hurt, call 911. Don’t risk your health.


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Get Medical Care for these SIGNS and SYMPTOMS

  • Fever > 100.5 F

  • Severe pain.

  • Vomiting.

  • Blood in stools, urine, or vomit.

  • Any major injury.

  • Any dark colored or foul smelling discharge.

  • Shortness of breath, mental confusion, or fainting.

  • Signs of continuing infection.




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Self-care Quiz

1. Self-care is taking care of your own health for treatment of minor health problems.

a. True

b. False

  • I can get up to 5 self-care medications for minor health symptoms that I might have.

    a. True

    b. False


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Self-care Quiz

3. Ibuprofen tablets are available through the Self-care Program.

a. True

b. False

4. To use the Self-care Program, I have to fill out a “green sheet.”

a. True

b. False

5. If I answer “yes” to a question on a symptom evaluation chart, I must use sick call.

a. True

b. False


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Self-care Quiz

6. I can share medications from the Self-care Program with my battle buddies.

a. True

b. False

7. Information about over-the-counter (OTC) medications is located in the Soldier Health Maintenance Manual.

a. True

b. False

8. The pharmacist can answer questions that I may have about OTC medications.

a. Yes

b. No


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Self-care Quiz

9. If I have severe pain and vomiting, I should:

a. Get medical help right away.

b. Use the Self-care program.

10. If I have a symptom that is not in the book, I should use:

a. the Self-care Program

b. Sick call.