Once you get beyond the basics of survival, it helps to think of actually being able to tolerate a disaster. The over the counter medication recommendations are pretty self-explanatory, as most people can read directions and also have some knowledge of these meds already in their occasional use during their everyday lives.
The following medications should be stored separately from your regular stock. Meaning… you should buy extra specifically for storage, as you do for your long term food storage. Medications, like food, need to be stored in a cool, dry, and preferably dark environment to maximize shelf life.
Note: Regarding the use of any of the following medications, consult with your doctor.
TYLENOL (Acetaminophen)Helps aches, pains, fevers, and mild headaches. It is better for stomachs compared to other NSAIDS. It can be taken with other NSAIDS for more severe pain and makes both medications more likely to control pain. Arguably, 2 Tylenol and 2 of either: Motrin or Advil, taken together are as effective as a narcotic (consult a physician).
ADVIL / MOTRIN (ibuprofen)An NSAID (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). NSAIDs are usually indicated for the treatment of acute or chronic conditions where pain and inflammation are present. Choose the one that you actually use now and stick with it.
ASPIRINSomewhat magical… and inexpensive. Anyone you think may be having a heart attack should get Aspirin as soon as possible, as it could actually help them live. A substitute for blood thinner.
BENADRYL (Diphenhydramine)An antihistamine that works for allergic conditions and reactions, and can also substitute for a sedative in the right environment.
VITAMIN CUsed to prevent immune problems and scurvy long-term.
MULTIVITAMINThe longer regular fresh foods are missing from your diet, the more you need to have a weekly multivitamin.
TOPICAL MEDS and OINTMENTSTooth gel, Antibiotic ointment, etc.
GOLD BOND (medicated powder)A general relief for chaffing rashes that are common with sweat and work that one may not be used to. It also dries up and treats some of the uncomfortable foot rashes that can come from long and wet hiking.
Sure, there are plenty more over the counter medications… particularly once you really start thinking about it. Hopefully though, this has started you thinking, and you will take action and go out and purchase extra meds for your long term storage.
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