17 OTC Meds For A Survival Kit

Meds for Survival Kit

Check out these must-have OTC meds for survival kits so you won't miss any that's handy in a survival situation!

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Must-Have OTC Meds for Survival Kit You Should Know

1. Aspirin

This is an OTC med, long used as pain relief and for fever reduction. Its properties also help treat other illnesses like arthritis and stroke.

When taking aspirin for self-medication, do check the label to be mindful of the dosage. Stop as soon as you experience side effects which include tinnitus or ringing in the ears and difficulty in hearing.

Don't take aspirin right away, but take it only if the pain is unbearable. The same goes if you feel no difference after a few minutes of observation.

2. Acetaminophen

Stock up your prepper medical kit with this medicine as an alternative to aspirin.

It is also a medication used to ease the pain. In fact, people use this med to treat headaches, and dental pain, and to reduce fever.

3. Ibuprofen

This is also a type of OTC meds that provides pain relief and another medicine to stock up on. It is also great for managing pain from some types of arthritis.

Remember, take this on a full stomach to avoid side effects. It may include drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea, and ringing in the ears.

4. Naproxen Sodium

This is also another pain med you can add to your survival medical kit list. That's because it is also flexible in treating other symptoms.

You may use this to reduce severe fever or joint pain and stiffness, fast. In fact, the effects of this med are longer than the other prepper pain meds on this list.

5. Migraine Medicine

Extra Strength Excedrin is a popular medicine perfect for migraine patients. This medicine utilizes the power of caffeine to manage tension headaches and migraines.

If you have to take this medicine, make sure you do not combine it with other pain medication. As a matter of fact, avoid taking two types of pain medication all at once.

6. Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride

This generic med is an anti-allergy medicine. It goes by many brand names like Benadryl, Genahist, and Sominex.

You can use this OTC medicine to treat allergic reactions you may get from bee stings, pollen, or other triggers.

In some cases, you can combine an antihistamine and a decongestant. That is to treat nausea, the common cold, and insomnia.

7. Loperamide HC

This anti-diarrhea medicine should also be on your survival medicine list. It will provide relief from diarrhea.

It will also help if you have inflammatory bowel disease, gastroenteritis, or short bowel syndrome.

What Is Gastroenteritis? It is a health condition in which the stomach is inflamed or irritated. The inflammation can be caused by either a bacterial or viral infection.

8. Bismuth Subsalicylate

This is a great medication for occasional upset stomachs and diarrhea. It is also known as Pepto-Bismol, one of its common brand names.

This med can also aid people who suffer from indigestion, heartburn, and nausea. Avoid this though if bacteria is causing your diarrhea.

9. Benzocaine

Feminine health issues are difficult for women in a survival environment. Any discomfort will only add to the difficulty experienced in a survival situation.

A vaginal itching cream like Vagisil comes with benzocaine. It is an ingredient known to relieve feminine itching and burning.

Use in moderation, or you may experience some unnecessary numbing effects.

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10. VaporRub

A VaporRub is a versatile item in your first aid kit. As it happens, VaporRub has been one of the medicine cabinet essentials in many homes for generations now.

From colds, body pains, and aches to insect bites, VaporRub offers relief from multiple body issues.

11. Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Meds like Tums and Pepsid relieve heartburn or inflammation of your gullet. This is because the properties in the antacids neutralize your stomach acid.

Take note: You must never take them with food, though.

12. Cold/Flu Remedies

Cold and flu are as common as they come. So you need to have cold and flu remedies to take as soon as you experience the symptoms.

Keep cough suppressants like guaifenesin in your survival meds kit.

13. Antibacterial Ointment

You will always find this medicine in a home first aid kit. An antibacterial ointment prevents cuts, scrapes, and burns from getting an infection.

The consistency and its healing properties can even help chapped skin.

14. Burn Gel

Burns are the most common injuries during an SHTF situation. So a burn gel on hand can help cool and ease the affected area fast.

Some burn gel brands are also antibacterial which prevents infection. This item is a must on your emergency medical kit indeed.

15. Re-hydration Salts

Children are prone to dehydration. And it won't do in an SHTF situation, especially when you're on the move.

Total dehydration may lead to death. Children may lose nutrients and essential minerals because of dehydration.

Rehydration salts will supply potassium and other nutrients back, though.

16. Laxative

An SHTF situation is stressful triggering constipation in some people. Having constipation for so long could lead to various health problems.

A laxative is helpful in this case when you have difficulty with a bowel movement.

17. Antacids

Antacids can help calm gassy tummies. They can also prevent symptoms which can lead to an ulcer.

Alka-Seltzer and Rolands are popular brands.

Check out this video from Iridium242 for an in-depth guide to stocking OTC meds for a survival kit:

Staying healthy is the best way to cope with any long-term disaster. The body’s threshold to disease increases with proper medicines to fight illnesses.

The mind can think fast and quick while the body follows suit in an emergency situation. Let this roundup be your guide on what OTC meds to keep on your prepper medical supplies list!

Do you have questions about prepping OTC meds for a survival kit? Write them all in the comments section below! 

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 22, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

10 Responses to :
17 OTC Meds For A Survival Kit

  1. Neil Saint says:

    Remember, vitamin c needs bioflavanoids to be absorbed

  2. Quek Cumberbatch says:

    It is a serious mistake not to include raw honey, clorox, astringent/anti-microbial wipes, baking soda and vinegar.
    Semper Fi

    1. Robert M says:

      You are correct ( thanx for specifying RAW honey) …maybe things blood absorbers, ect ect –Semper Fi

  3. Rock says:

    I would also include something for constipation especially if the elderly is in your group. Miralax has a box with 10 single dose packets, in which they call travel size, that would be good for a bug out bag or store in your bug out location.

    Along with the Excedrin I might suggest the PM version, to help trouble with sleeping.

    With the vitamins, if you are going out anywhere where you will mix with the public, I would suggest taking Airborne chewable tablets. You can find a large bottle with 100+ tablets in it. If you can plan ahead, I suggest taking one the day before, two the day of (one morning and one evening) and one each day for two or three days after. This could ward off bringing home a cold or maybe even the flu. If somebody has better dosage instruction, please post.

  4. Larry says:

    Please give the name of the article, the link does not work. Thanks!l

  5. Michael Bagent says:

    Benadryl has a number of off-label uses as well. It’s pretty good for nausea, and can be taken as a suppository if you’re already vomiting. In fact, all of the old-school antihistamines can relieve nausea (ever worn a scopolamine ear patch for motion sickness? You guessed it, also an old-school antihistamine). The gold standard for relief of nausea and vomiting is a drug called Phenergan. When Phenergan was first released on the market years ago, it was released as a prescription-strength antihistamine, just like Benadryl was a scrip-only drug. It was discovered by accident that it also works for nausea/vomiting, and has been THE drug given in hospitals for N/V.

  6. Glenn says:

    The thing I’m wondering is, yes you can get all these otc meds, but how long they gonna last really. Wouldn’t it be better to have a book on local herbs, this way when your supplies run outout you at least have something to fall back on.

  7. John Ruckman says:

    Hydrogen Peroxide has a 6 or 8 month shelf life before it starts to lose it’s potency. I don’t know if it is a steady decline or accelerated curve. Bleach also has a limited shelf life.
    Besides making remedies from plants, how much other household stuff can be homemade?
    One book I have is “Formulas, Methods, Tips, & Data” by I believe Popular Mechanics. Can you think of some other useful books?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Peroxide is useless unless you are making it and other compounds. I only buy 91% isopropyl alcohol. You can buy ‘dry bleach’ for pennies, compared to Clorox. And put down the popular mechanics and step away.

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