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list of over-the-counter medications for preppers

Ten Over-the-counter Medicines
List of overlooked over-the-counter medications

Medicine cabinet "must haves" for preppers... When there is no
pharmacy what then? While you can't stockpile prescriptions
beyond your needs, there are some basic over-the-counter
medications preppers should have in the medicine cabinet. Here's
our list of ten over-the-counter medications to stock...

Over-the-counter Medicines to Stockpile

Over the Counter Medications You May Have Overlooked
Here is a list of ten overlooked over-the-counter medicines you
should consider stocking in your prepper's medicine cabinet...

#1: 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.

#2: Clotrimazole (Lotrimin) - antifungal cream.
If you have a strange rash and suspect a fungal infection, see a
doctor. If none is available, you can try this anti-fungal cream,

Lotrimin
, which is an over-the counter medication which 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.
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Example of Ringworm (treatmen is Lotrimin)
Lidocaine - a maximum strength topical anesthetic
Curad Bacitracin
Lotrimin
Lidocaine
Antidiarrheal - Loperamide
Ranitidine
Zantac
When there is no doctor
Miralax stool softener
Kirkland allergy medicine
Pack of five Sucrets tins
ibuprofen tablets, acetaminophen tablets, anti-diarrheal, diphenhydramine tablets, antacid (calcium carbonate)
Over the counter medicines to stockpile
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#5: Loperamide - antidiarrheal (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
movements.
Immodium, or a generic equivalent, 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.

#6: Hydrocortisone.
Hydrocoritisone is an 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

#7: Mirolax (laxative).
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.

#8: Meclizine, Dramamine (for travel sickness).
Helps prevent dizziness., nausea and vomiting. Dramamine
motion sickness relief original formula helps prevention and
treatment of these symptoms associated with motion sickness
nausea vomiting and dizziness. Remember to stay hydrated!

#9: Ranitidine (Zantac).
Rantidine, the ingredient in Maximum Strength Zantac, pictured
right, relieves and prevents heartburn associated with acid
indigestion and sour stomach.

#10: Sore throat medicine.
Sucking on hard candy if you have a sore throat can be soothing.
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!

Happy endings...
It's good to have medicines to at home, so you can respond to
whatever comes your way and because you never know the day
when the pharmacy is closed and you need it most.

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An antifungal cream can treat ringworm, pictured above. 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.

#3: 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.

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

#4: Lidocane (pain relieving cream).
Safe and effective pain-relief, Lidocane plus is an analgesic that
offers serious  help for chronic pain.
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