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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:
soaps and detergents
poison ivy, oak
#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:
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.