When the economy becomes unstable and modern life leads to decline, it is a must to keep yourself as healthy as possible. This means you need to make sure you have plenty of meds for survival kit at the ready. Your prepper medical kit will help keep you healthy, especially should the inevitable happen. Here are 14 meds that should make up your survival medical list.
14 OTC Meds for Survival Kit
Aspirin is known to provide pain relief and fever reduction. Its properties can also help people who have health problems too. Do take them in small doses as if they are vitamins
Stock up on this medicine for pain relief and fever reduction. Some people find acetaminophen as relief from dental pain and menstrual cramps. It does not, however, reduce the swelling and inflammation, unlike the next medicine in this list.
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 so side effects like constipation, drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea, and ringing in the ears can be avoided.
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. Extra Strength Excedrin
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 commonly known as Benadryl. This antihistamine helps treat allergic reactions from bee stings, for example. People who suffer from nausea, common cold, and insomnia also use this medicine.
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
Also known by its common name Pepto-Bismol, Bismuth subsalicylate is a great medication for occasional upset stomach and for diarrhea. Pepto-Bismol can also aid people who suffer from indigestion, heartburn, and nausea. Avoid this though if your diarrhea is caused by bacteria
Women find comfort in benzocaine, which is also known as Vagisil. Vagisil helps relieves feminine itching and burning. Too much of this medicine might cause 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. Black Elderberry Extract
This natural medicine is an excellent alternative in treating cold and flu symptoms. This is because black elderberry extract has anthocyanidins, which are known to boost the immune system. It can easily shorten your sick days by at least 3 days!
Check out this helpful YouTube video by Iridium242 on what OTC meds to stock up on your survival kit below:
Staying healthy is the best way to cope with any long-term disaster. With 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 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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