One thing that all preppers share in common is they understand the importance of stockpiling essential items for emergencies. These include things such as food, water, ammunition, and of course, medicine.
We need food to stay fed and energized, water to stay hydrated, ammunition to protect ourselves, and medication to stay healthy or help treat serious ailments.
It’s important to remember that when a significant disaster on the scale of something such as an EMP attack does happen, you will no longer be able to access medical help or receive professional first aid equipment. This means you’re on your own to provide medical treatment on your own, and this means having a healthy stockpile of the right medications.
In the early hours of the disaster, the pharmacies are all going to become looted just like the grocery stores, so if you haven’t yet started to stockpile, now is the time to change that.
Over The Counter Medications
At the very least, having a healthy stockpile of medications in your possession should give you and your family a high degree of comfort. Most over the counter medications that you buy at the store should last long enough for at least three years on the shelf under proper storage conditions (indoors, low moisture and humidity, normal room temperature, etc).
For a certain number of meds, the shelf life will be much shorter at just a matter of months rather than years, so it’s up to you to read the labeling.
Here are the most important over the counter medications that you can stockpile:
Ibuprofen is one of the most popular and well known over the counter medications. It’s an anti-inflammatory medicine that is designed to relieve pain, inflammation, and even fevers. With the proper amounts, it can be used in infants three months of age or older.
While taking moderate amounts of ibuprofen can do much to relieve pain and inflammation, taking excessive amounts of it will result in stomach problems, so take it with caution.
Tylenol is also known as acetaminophen. It’s known for being the only pain relieving medication that is also not anti-inflammatory. This means that Tylenol will not result in pain to your stomach from overdoses like ibuprofen will.
Tylenol is very effective at fighting fevers, although it is admittedly weaker for fighting pain (such as joint pain or muscle pain) in contrast to ibuprofen.
If anyone in your family has an intense allergy that requires an EpiPen to solve, you better be stockpiling up on plenty of those. An EpiPen is designed to provide a dose of adrenaline in the event an allergic reaction is taking place.
One of the most overlooked kinds of over the counter medications to stockpile is skin antiseptics, which is unfortunate because it is easily one of the most important that you can have in a disaster.
The chances of you developing some kind of a skin wound during a disaster is significant: cuts, scrapes, you name it. If you fail to treat the wound properly, a deadly infection can set in that will wreak even more havoc.
This is why you must treat every single wound or injury, no matter how small with the utmost greatest care and attention. Skin antiseptics are essential for treating any kind of damage that is done to the skin whatsoever. Isopropyl alcohol and ethyl alcohol are among the most popular ones and can be used to treat even the most severe of skin wounds. Hydrogen peroxide is also a good option.
Multivitamins may not be an actual medication, per se, but they will be important to stock up on to ensure that you consume a more healthy diet. This is especially true since the number of foods that you can eat during a disaster is going to become more limited, so having more vitamins on hand to replace the loss in nutrients from the food will be wise.
Next, let’s talk a little about prescription medications. First and foremost, if you have any prescription meds that are essential for your health and well-being, you’re going to need to stock up on those. A one month supply at the absolute bare minimum is what you will need.
As far as other prescription meds are concerned, the most important will be antibiotics, which are medications designed to help your body fight bacterial infections, which can be quite severe and can result in death in the worst cases.
As with the over the counter medications, there are more than just one kind of prescription medication that you will want to stock up on.
But remember, antibiotics are not to take on as casual bass as over the counter meds like we discussed above are, so only take them when they are absolutely necessary.
Amoxicillin is perhaps the most important antibiotic to have on hand because it can be used to treat children just as effective as adults, as well as women who are pregnant. The only real downside to amoxicillin is that it may cause an allergic reaction, depending on the individual.
This is easily one of the most powerful antibiotics that you can get. It can treat a very wide variety of different ailments, though doctors recommend that you utilize it only as a last resort. Be sure to consume in moderation according to the instructions on the label to avoid serious side effects.
Often used in conjunction with trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole is used to treat urinary and respiratory tract infections.
The medications that we have covered here today, both the over the counter medications and the prescription meds, are the most important ones you can have because of their availability and their practicality.
You will definitely want to treat medication storage as being equally as important as food storage and water storage. Without these kinds of medications that we have covered here today, survival in a post-disaster world will get a lot more difficult.