When the economy becomes unstable and modern life leads to decline, it is a must to keep oneself as healthy as possible, which means making sure you have plenty of meds for survival kit at the ready. Stocking up on vitamins and emergency drugs is essential especially during hard times. When people get exposed to disasters and calamities, chances are they become vitamin deficient due to improper eating habits and environmental hazards.
18 OTC Meds for your Kit
The best way to prepare vitamins for a long-term disaster is by knowing what health issues may possibly arise when the body is exposed to all types of harmful elements such polluted air and water, cold climate etc.
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18 Over the Counter Meds You Should Always Have On Hand
Most likely there isn’t a person reading this that doesn’t have a bottle of aspirin or acetaminophen, most commonly known as Tylenol, in the house. Chances are you even have some ibuprofen which sells under the name of Advil or Motrin. We have this because from time to time we have all suffered some sort of ache and pain.
Do you have something in the house to handle an allergic reaction? What about something to handle a sudden bout of diarrhea?
It is very important to insure you have a good stock of the following OTC or over the counter, medications or treatments in the house, in your bug out bag, your get home bag. Many of these items should also be carried as part of your EDC (everyday carry).
Always be prepared with:
Aspirin – pain relief and fever reduction, some take it in small does for heart health
Acetaminophen – pain relief and fever reduction, many times used for dental pain, menstrual cramps
Ibuprofen – pain relief and fever reduction
Naproxen sodium – long-acting for pain relief and fever reduction
Extra Strength Excedrin – Great for migraine relief
Diphenhydramine hydrochloride – commonly known as Benadryl, an antihistamine – helps allergic reactions, bee stings, etc.
Loperamide HCl – Imodium anti-diarrhea medication
Bismuth Subsalicylate – commonly known as Pepto-Bismol – good for stomach upset and anti-diarrhea medication
Benzocaine – this one is for the ladies, commonly known as Vagisil, relieves feminine itching and burning
VaporRub – such as Vicks. Vapors help relieve coughing due to common cold. Can also relieve minor muscles aches and pains when rubbed on sore spot.
Antacid/Heartburn relief – such as Tums, Rolaids, Pepsid,
Cold/Flu Remedies – these could include cough syrup, cough drops, Dayquil/Nyquil and the like.
Liquid Bandage – also known as New Skin, handy for sealing up a cut in place of or in addition to band aids
Antibacterial ointment – to protect cuts, scraps & burns, Also can help with chapped skin.
Multivitamins are good supplies especially those with vitamin A, B, D, E, Conenzyme Q10 and high level of Zinc. Vitamin C must always be available for common colds and cough prevention. Stock on these vitamins for at least a month and store them in an airtight container in a space in your bag which can be accessed easily. The point here is that you won’t be eating properly for a number of days and so vitamins are there to compensate for nutrients and minerals found in food products.
As for medicine supplies, the most common health problems are cough and colds, fever, diarrhea, allergy and body pain. Wounds, cuts and scratches are always a possibility therefore stock on cleaning materials and standard to high-potent pain relievers. Your medicine must also contain paracetamol, anti-histamine, ibuprofen, phenylpropanolamine, mucolytic agent and salbutamol. These drugs must come in syrup and tablet formats so that every member of the family can benefit completely.
Staying healthy is the best way to cope with any long term disaster. With proper vitamins to boost the body’s immune system and enough medicines to combat illnesses, the body’s threshold to disease is increased. The mind can think appropriately while the body can deliver powerfully when at the verge of an emergency situation.
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