list of over-the-counter medications for preppers

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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 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,
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.

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, Licoane plus is an analgesic that
offers serious  help for chronic pain.

#5: Loperamide - antidiarrheal (Imodium).
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.

  • 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
  • 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

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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