I will never forgot when my first born child was running a fever in pretty much the middle of the night and we had absolutely no baby medicine in the house. I sat in the rocking chair crying along with my new baby while my husband ran to the 24 hour grocery store. Thankfully, my husband was there with me and he could get to a grocery store. What would you do if you couldn’t get to a grocery store because of a natural disaster or emergency?
What medical items should you have on hand in case you can’t make it to the store?
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. These tips are intended as suggestions. If you have any questions please consult your doctor.
Fill in advance and use the oldest first. Never let your prescription run out.
If anyone in the family takes prescription medications get them filled for 3 months instead of 1 month. Ask your doctor if they have some samples you can have; you can then add those to your stockpile. Most importantly, don’t let your prescription run out. If you can’t get 3 months worth try to have at least one week’s worth always on hand.
For non-prescription medications think about what illnesses your family is prone to – do they get headaches? colds? stomach aches? Get those medicines first. Be sure to have a good supply and to rotate thru it, using the medicine and buying new to replace it so your stock is always fresh.
Prepper Tip: It is good to get over the counter medicines referred to as singles. In other words – medicines that only treat one thing. If the drug is for more than one symptom it probably has more than one active ingredient. If you use single symptom medicines you can use only what is needed or carefully combine dosage to treat more than one thing.
Keep in mind what age you will need the medicine for and how wide of an age range it can be adapted for. In my experience I have found liquid medicine easier to adapt for different ages and sizes.
Here are 10 common over the counter medicines to get you started:
Cough Syrups (expectorants and suppressants)
Rash Treatment cream
Syrup of Ipecac
You don’t want to buy a huge amount of medicine because it could easily go bad before you use it. Keep a good supply that you rotate through.
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