*remember, we are not talking personal medication here.
That is a whole other subject - medication you need to keep yourself fit and well must be stockpiled and specific to your own personal needs.
Never neglect these and try to keep as much of a supply as you possibly can, and keep it topped up at all times.
One of the top medications to stock up with at home and definitely in your BOB.
Include a variety of different types of pain control medication such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen.
Pain killers will be a huge help to yourself and any member of the family if the SHTF.
But also remember they will have good barter value and become a sort after item to use for trading.
In a post-SHTF scenario, a lot of people will die of secondary infections and for a lack of the basic antibiotics we take for granted now.
Generally they are only available with a doctors prescription as well as being quite expensive.
The preppers answer is simple.
Buy from a pet shop or vet, and ask for antibiotics such as FishMox or FishPen, they are amoxicillin and penicillin, respectively.
These antibiotics are the same as the ones a doctor will prescribe and I would suggest you research this fact before buying any as I have done. The pills themselves even have the same code numbers on them!!
Vitamins & Minerals
Maybe not a medication in the true sense, but absolutely essential supplies to keep.
Stockpile the basic Mutli-Vitamins and ensure they are high dosage.
Vitamin C and Vitamin D3 are particularly essential to boost the immune system, something you would definitely need in a high stress SHTF situation.
Other main medication
- Antihistamine - allergy & bite relief
- Imodium - diarrhea and stomach upset
- Sudafed - congestion relief
- Hydrocortisone Cream - rashes & inflammation
- Antacid - stomach nervousness & upset
- Sleep medication - stress relief
There are several other types of medication to also consider that are worth stocking up on, mainly to make your post apocalyptic life easier..!
- Energy tablets
- Sun tan lotion
- Insect repelant
- Insect sting ease
- Ear & Eye drops
- Antibacterial gel / cream
Get the best deal
Finally, always check the expiration date (best before date), on everything, and pay special attention to any liquid preparations as these seem to differ quite a bit.
Although medications do not necessarily “go bad” once they have reached their “Best if used by” date on the bottle, it is definitely desirable to acquire your OTC medication that have a good long expiration date.
Stock rotation may not be that easy with medication!
How to store your medication
- Heat, air, light, and moisture may damage your medicine.
- Always store your medication supplies in a cool, dry place.
Avoid storing in the kitchen cabinet or near the cooker area, sink, and any hot appliances.
Far better to store medicine in a storage box, on a shelf, in the dark with other preps.
- Never store medication in your bathroom cabinet.
Heat and moisture from your shower, bath, and sink can easily damage your medicine.
- Pills and capsules are easily damaged.
Heat and moisture will break down pills into vinegar and salicylic acid.
- Absolutely always keep your medicine in their original container. Never swop bottles.
- Remove the plug of cotton wool out of the medicine bottle.
This cotton ball will pull any moisture into the bottle.
All the above are Over The Counter Medication available to us all that will eventually run out.
This form of natural medication has been passed down through centuries of tried and tested methods, and best of all it's free..!
It is well worth considering taking the time to learn about the world of the natural medicinal plants that are also available to us.
After all there are literally hundreds of medicinal herbs that will cure many ailments, with many recorded and dated back as far as the Egyptian times of 1550 BC.
Remember, we are talking Over The Counter medication here, and as such it's generally bottles of pills or ointment.
Herbal medicines are also a great alternative way to treat many symptoms and ailments and may well be the only methods available once your supplies have run out.!
Happy Prepping Folks.