Medications to stockpile
Everything on this list is OTC [over the counter] so they do not need a prescription HOWEVER talk with your healthcare provider about this AND what prescription medications you should have on hand and what stock levels you need.
Motrin aka Advil generic ibuprofen generally used to treat pain, inflammation and fever. Some of the common times to use this; fever over 101F, sore throats, sinus pain, stiff neck, menstrual cramps, arthritis, gout, back pain and has been known to aid in preventing muscle tightness when taken prolifically to strenuous activity such as Donkey Basketball.
Naproxen same as Motrin and can be used interchangeably
Aspirin 325mg same as Motrin and is often used as an anticoagulant in heart patients
Tylenol aka acetaminophen generally used for fever over 101F, general aches and pains kinda like Motrin except that it does little to treat inflammation and it is ‘easier’ on the GI system than like Motrin, Naproxen.
Benadryl aka Diphenhydramine antihistamine used as a sleeping aid [Sominex, Tylenol PM] AND used for allergic reactions, sinusitis also used to potentiate [make stronger] the effects of pain medications.
Imodium aka Loperamide one of the best anti-diarrheal OTC and will help relive intestinal cramping.
Sudafed helps relieve congestion of upper and lower respiratory system [nose and lungs]
Dramamine relieves nausea, vomiting,vertigo and motion sickness. A major side effect is drowsiness, it can be used as a sleep aid also used to potentiate the effects of pain medications.
Zantac aka Ranitidine often used for stomach upset and ulcers. It is also often used for allergic reactions like Benadryl but without the sleepy effect.
Bacitracin ointment and Neosporin ointment used as a wound treatment for minor cuts, abrasions, and superficial skin infections.
Lotrimin aka Gyne-lotrimin or Clotrimazole cream. Often used to treat yeast & fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, skin folds and vaginal areas.
Hydro-cortisone cream 1% is the strongest OTC version steroid cream used to treat itchy rashes such as
poison ivy, eczema or other contact dermatitis.
Mucinex aka Guaifenesin tablets and liquid helps to loosen mucus and thin bronchial secretions to rid the airways of mucus and make coughs more productive.
Epson salts – Magnesium sulfate good for soaking your tired feet and body, used as a laxative AND as part of the re-hydration drink, lowers BP
KCl aka potassium chloride, salt substitute, no salt, Nu salt ect… component of re-hydration drink, lower BP
tums aka calcium carbonate helps with upset or sour stomach. Bone health and lowers BP
sugar, honey wound care
bleach, pool shock, salt, used for water disinfection and wound care
Betadine- wound care
Afrin besides being a nasal decongestant it helps control bleeding from the nose and other places.