list of over-the-counter medications for preppers

#2: Bacitracin ointment - alternative topical antibiotic.
This topical first aid antibiotic is effective in healing minor cuts,
scrapes, scratches and burns.
Bacitracin is ideal if anyone in your
party is allergic to the active ingredient in Neosporin.

  • Bacitracin will help you prevent infection. It's always good to
    have options. Bacitracin really sinks into wounds, whereas
    Neosporin is more of a layer. Another distinction is that
    Bacitracin is preferred over combination products such as
    Polysporin and Neosporin. Fewer ingredients lowers the
    chances of allergic reaction. Some brands of bacitracin
    include zinc, so beware for allergies. You can develop an
    allergy to zinc.

#3: Cold and Flu Medicines.
You could turn to ordinary cold and flu medicines, but if you're a
prepper with a bent on a homesteading life, you'll choose natural
medicines for cold and flu:

  • Boiron Coldcalm Cold Relief Medicine addresses symptoms at
    every stage of a cold. It temporarily relieves symptoms such
    as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore

  • Borion Oscillococcinum works naturally with your body to
    temporarily relieve flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue,
    headache, body aches, chills and fever. It does not cause
    drowsiness or interact with other medications. Oscillo’s
    sweet-tasting pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue; no
    water, chewing or swallowing is required.

  • Infection Formula. Created by Dr. John R. Christopher, who
    founded Dr. Christopher's School of Natural Healing in 1953,
    Christopher's Original formula dietary supplement "Infection
    Formula*" contains a proprietary blend of black walnut leaf,
    goldenseal root, bugleweed herb, plantain leaf, marshmallow
    root and lobelia herb with no added fillers or chemicals. It's
    a synergistic blend of herbs for the lymphatic system. These
    herbs feed your body to restore balance to your lymphatic
    system. When you eat food, your body digests and sends
    nutrients to every living cell. As the cells process these
    nutrients, it creates some waste in the process. Because an
    abundance of waste in your lymphatic vessels builds up over
    time, it can block your lymph nodes, and decrease your
    body's ability to fight infections. That's the basis behind the
    formula. Click on the image and you'll discover why this five-
    star rated formula is a good start for how to cure a tooth
    infection and more. Dr. Christopher's time tested Infection
    formula supports the body's lymphatic system which is
    helpful to promote overall health.  

#4: Antifungal cream ~ Clotrimazole (Lotrimin) - .
Athlete's foot, ringworm or a rash ~ you don't know what will
happen in an emergency and you can prepare by stocking your
medical kit with an antifungal cream or natural alternative such
tea tree oil. If you have a strange rash and suspect a fungal
infection, see a doctor. If no doctor is available, you can try this
anti-fungal cream:  
Lotrimin. This over-the counter medication
relieves itching, redness, irritation and discomfort, which may
accompany the condition (ringworm).  Clotrimazole is effective at
treating athlete's foot, and jock itch in addition to ringworm in
anyone 2 years or older. It's not effective in treating scalp or
nails. Remember to see your doctor, and to pack Lotrimin or
equivalent Clotrimazole.
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Example of Ringworm (treatmen is Lotrimin)
Lidocaine - a maximum strength topical anesthetic
Curad Bacitracin
Miralax stool softener
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An antifungal cream. such as Lotrimin, can treat ringworm, pictured above
under the armpit of a child. It can also treat other fungal infections, such as
athlete’s foot and  jock itch. Always seek medical care for correct
identification of the rash, which could be life-threatening.

#5: Hydrocortisone.
Bug bites, poison oak and ivy or a rash ~ preppers must have a
way to stop the itch.
Hydrocoritisone is a necessary anti-itch
cream that relieves itching associated with minor skin irritations
and rashes. It not only is an effective relief of itch, but it leaves
a protective barrier as it helps maintain moisture.

Hydrocortisone is useful for skin irritation caused by:
  • detmatitis
  • eczema
  • insect bites
  • soaps and detergents
  • poison ivy, oak
  • psoriasis

#6: Allergy relief ~ Diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that offers allergy relief. As
an allergy medicine, it offers temporary relief of sneezing, itchy
and running nose; itching, watery eyes; hay fever symptoms. An
important antihistamine, diphenhydramine can help balance an
allergic reaction to antibiotics as well.
Kirkland Allergy Medicine is
a generic equivalent.

Antihistamines that cause little or no sleepiness, include:
Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin, Dimetapp ND); fexofenadine
(Allegra); or  cetirizine (Zyrtec).

#7: Anti-diarrheal ~ Loperamide (Immodium).
Loperamide hydrochloride controls symptoms of diarrhea. It
relieves symptoms of diarrhea, plus bloating, pressure and
cramps commonly referred to as gas. This medication slows down
the action of the intestines to reduce the number of bowel
Immodium, or a generic equivalent Loperamide, will
help control the symptoms of diarrhea.

  • WARNINGS: Sometimes Loperamide can worsen diarrhea if
    caused by an infection for example. Do not use Loperamide if
    you have a had a rash or other allergic reaction to
    loperamide hydrochloride. Also, do not use if you have
    bloody or black stool. Consult a doctor if you have fever,
    mucus in the stool or a history of liver disease.

#8: Heartburn ~ Ranitdine (Zantac).
To deal with heartburn, you can take Ranitidine (Zantac).
Rantidine, the ingredient in
Maximum Strength Zantac, pictured
right, relieves and prevents heartburn associated with acid
indigestion and sour stomach.

#9: Laxative ~ Mirolax.
A laxative encourages bowel movements. MiraLAX laxative is a
way to treat occasional constipation. It activates the water in
your body to work in three ways by hydrating, easing and
softening to unblock your system naturally and allow you to have
a normal, complete bowel moment. It gives you gentle,
predictable relief of occasional constipation and irregularity
without causing harsh side effects such as sudden urgency,
cramping, bloating and gas. And the powder dissolves easily in
water and other hot or cold beverages — with no taste or grit.

  • WARNINGS: Stop use and ask a doctor if you have rectal
    bleeding or your nausea, bloating, cramping or abdominal
    pain gets worse. These may be signs of a serious condition;
    you get diarrhea; you need to use a laxative for longer than
    1 week. If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health
    professional before use.

#10: Sore throat medicine.
Sucking on hard candy if you have a sore throat can be soothing
Sucrets is a classic sore throat lozenge. Sore throat
medicines numb the pain. Suggestions include:
  • Dyclonine (Cepacol)
  • phenol (Chloraseptic).
  • Now that you've taken a closer look at the over the counter
    medications above, consider the preppers medicine cabinet,
    which goes beyond the ordinary. You probably already have
    the Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) in
    your prepper's medicine cabinet. If you don't, then stock
    those as well!

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#1: Analgesics (pain relievers).
Arthritis, backaches, headaches, menstrual cramps, tooth aches~
life is full of aches and pains and as a prepper you must have
more than one way to deal with the pain. Analgesics can take
many forms from natural to man made and you can medicine
internally or externally. Be sure to stockpile:

  • Oral Anesthetic gel. Hurricaine, pictured right, is a topical
    anesthetic gel of 20% benzocaine in a flavored, water
    soluble polyethylene glycol base. Used to anesthetize
    mucosal tissue to relieve discomfort.

  • Aspirin or aspirin alternatives. Find the relief you need for
    headaches, muscle aches and more with aspirin or with
    aspirin alternatives such as Willow bark. Did you know that
    about 25% of modern medicines originated in plants? One of
    them was aspirin, which comes from willow bark. It was the
    original aspirin!

  • Lidocaine (pain relieving cream). Safe and effective pain-
    relief, Lidocaine plus is an analgesic that offers serious  help
    for chronic pain.
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