When the economy becomes unstable and modern life leads to decline, it is a must to have plenty of meds for survival kit at the ready. Having enough meds ensures your health, especially when the inevitable comes. Here are 17 OTC meds that should make up your survival medical list. keep
Meds for Survival Kit | 17 Must-have OTC Meds
Aspirin offers pain relief and fever reduction. Its properties can also help treat symptoms caused by a range of other illnesses like arthritis and stroke. When taking aspirin for self-medication, do check the label to be mindful of the dosage. Stop if you experience side effects like tinnitus or ringing in the ears, difficulty in hearing, kidney problems or bleeding/bruising. Don’t take aspirin right away, take it only if the pain is unbearable and if you feel no difference after few minutes of observation.
Stock up your survival kit with this medicine as an alternative for aspirin. Some people use acetaminophen to treat a headache, dental pain, and to reduce a fever. It’s basically a medication used to alleviate pain.
Ibuprofen is another type of medicine which can provide pain relief. It is also great for managing pain from some types of arthritis. Take this on a full stomach to avoid side effects like constipation, drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea, and ringing in the ears.
4. Naproxen Sodium
Naproxen sodium is another pain medication which can also be flexible in treating other symptoms. You may use this to reduce fever or joint stiffness. The effects of naproxen sodium are longer than the other pain medication in this list.
5. Migraine Medicine
Extra Strength Excedrin is a popular medicine perfect for migraine patients. This medicine utilizes the power of caffeine to manage tension headaches and migraines. If you have to take this medicine, make sure you do not combine it with other pain medication
6. Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride
Diphenhydramine hydrochloride is also known by its many brand names like Benadryl, Genahist, Sominex, and Unisom. You can use this OTC medicine to treat allergic reactions you may get from bee stings, pollen, or other triggers. In some cases, you can combine an antihistamine and a decongestant to treat nausea, common cold, and insomnia.
7. Loperamide HCl
Loperamide HCl is an anti-diarrhea medication which should be in your survival meds kit. If you have inflammatory bowel disease, gastroenteritis, or short bowel syndrome, Loperamide HCl can help ease the symptoms.
8. Bismuth Subsalicylate
Bismuth subsalicylate is a great medication for occasional upset stomach and for diarrhea. It is also known as Pepto-Bismol, one of its common brand names. Pepto-Bismol can also aid people who suffer from indigestion, heartburn, and nausea. Avoid this though if your diarrhea is caused by bacteria
It can be really difficult for women in a survival environment, especially if there is no medicinal relief for feminine problems. A vaginal itching cream like Vagisil comes with benzocaine, an ingredient known to relieve feminine itching and burning. Do use in moderation or you may experience some unnecessary numbing effects.
A VaporRub is a versatile item in your survival meds kit. Applied topically, VaporRub can help relieve coughing due to the common cold. It can also relieve minor muscle ache and pain when rubbed on the sore spot.
11. Antacid/Heartburn Relief
Medicine such as Tums, Rolaids, and Pepsid can help quickly manage heartburn or inflammation of your gullet. This is because the properties in the antacids neutralize your stomach acid. Never take them with food.
12. Cold/Flu Remedies
Cold and flu are as common as they come. So you need to have cold and flu remedies to take as soon as you experience the symptoms. Keep cough suppressants like dextromethorphan and guaifenesin, and Dayquil/Nyquil in your survival meds kit.
13. Antibacterial Ointment
You will always find this medicine in a home first aid kit, an antibacterial ointment can help protect cuts, scrapes, and burns from getting an infection. The consistency and its healing properties can even help chapped skin.
14. Burn Gel
Burns are the most common injuries during an SHTF situation. A burn gel can help cool and ease the affected area. Some burn gel brands also include antibacterial properties to keep the affected area from getting infected.
15. Re-hydration Salts
Children are prone to dehydration and this would not do especially if you need them to be on the move during an SHTF situation. Total dehydration may lead to death. Re-hydration salts have potassium and other nutrients children may have lost when they are dehydrated.
An SHTF situation is definitely a stressful situation to be in and could trigger constipation for some people. Having constipation for so long could lead to various health problems. A laxative is helpful in this case when you have difficulty with a bowel movement.
Antacids can help calm gassy tummies. They can also prevent symptoms which can lead to an ulcer. Some of the popular brands of antacids to stock are Alka-Seltzer, Rolands, and Tums.
Check out this helpful YouTube video by Iridium242 for more OTC meds to stock up on your survival kit below:
Staying healthy is the best way to cope with any long-term disaster. The body’s threshold to disease is increased if you have enough medicine to combat illnesses. The mind can think appropriately while the body can deliver powerfully when on the verge of an emergency situation. Let this roundup be your guide on what OTC meds to keep on your survival kit!
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This article has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. Original publish date: May 22, 2018.