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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 1:34 pm
With prices going up and the economies of the world crashing, this might be a useful list and the right time to stock up on Over-The Counter meds. I've put in the generic names for you. There is little (if any) difference between the generic store brand and the "name-brand" drug in the fancy package.

Oral Medications:
multiple vitamin - 300 tablets per person in your household (a 10 month supply).
Gator Ade (powdered sports drink) - mix with water for use in treating dehydration
potassium iodate - for radiation exposure, 1 bottle per person and 1 for the dog
aspirin - anti-inflammatory, blood thinner
Motrin (ibuprophin) - pain relief, anti-inflammatory
Aleve (neproxin sodium) - pain relief, anti-inflammatory
Imodium (loperamide) - for diarrhea
laxative - senna-based, for when you gotta go and can't
Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) - allergy relief, sleep aid, treat mild anaphylactic shock

Topical Medications:
Bacitracin - antibiotic topical petroleum jelly-based wound dressing
Cortaid (hydrocortisone cream) - treats itching associated with mild allergic reactions and insect bites.
medical alcohol - gives the germs a good high
hydrogen peroxide - for use in cleaning wounds
Vaseline (petroleum jelly)- treats chapped areas of skin and lips
Lamisil (terbinafine hydrochloride) - anti-fungal for athletes foot and "jock itch"
Monistat (tioconazole) - for vaginal yeast infection. "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

Dental Medications and Treatments:

Orajel - topical anesthetic for toothache and minor wounds
oil of clove - apply with cotton swab to treat toothache
temporary filling kit
denture repair kit

You should keep the following wound care products on hand. Remember, a "dressing" is what goes directly on the wound and is sterile. A "bandage" holds a "dressing" in place.

Wound Care:
Band-Aids (adhesive bandages) - buy the heavy duty and large sizes
Steri-Strips - for closing wounds rather than suturing
Army field dressings - large compression dressings, surplus stores sell them cheap
Telfa - sterile non-stick dressings
4X4 gauze squares - sterile, for dressings, get lots ans lots
roller gauze - various sizes for bandages, 4" wide are probably most useful
Ace bandages (elastic bandages) 3" and 4" - 3 each, also for bandages and immobilization
triangular bandages - don't buy these, make them yourself from cheap muslin at the fabric store
safety pins - to fasten elastic and triangular bandages - 20 or so large size
adhesive tape, 4" wide rolls- for holding bandages (buy bulk at athletic trainer supply store)
Q-tips (cotton swabs) - for applying medications to wounds

For Major Wounds: these may not be available "over-the-counter"
Quick Clot - will stop major bleeding from major vessels. Must be removed surgically
Traumadex - will stop bleeding from head wounds
Gold Dust - will promote healing in certain hard to heal areas like bed sores

For Your Family's Regular Use:
antibacterial handwash soap

Finally, have a good commercial-grade antiseptic cleaner on hand for counter tops and bathrooms:
Quat by Buckeye Chemical Co. - kills pretty much all known bacteria and virii (your local dealer may have 4 oz. sample bottles). You may also be able to get a quaternary disinfectant from a friend working at a hospital.

Most of the above can be purchased in the US at Wal-Mart generically under the Equate brand at a substantial savings.

Sources other than Wal-Mart:
Potassium iodate: http://www.medicalcorps.org
bandages, dressings, instruments - http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/
instruments - http://www.sciplus.com/category.cfm/category/107
Last edited by Jonas Parker on Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.

PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 11:28 am
Might wanna add some "Blue Star Ointment". Stuff's good for all kinds of things from relieving sore muscles to killing lice.

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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 11:37 am
?"Blue Star Ointment"? Never heard of that. Going to have to Google that one.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:43 am
Excellent list

The only thing I can think of is anti diarrhea and
rehydration packs;

Rehydration formula
1/4 tsp salt,
1/4 tsp "Lite salt, i.e. partially potassium chloride, if you don't have this, drink 1 oz. orange juice or 2 oz. grape or apple juice for every 3 oz. of formula.
1/2 tsp baking soda, (especially important if there's been a lot of green bile vomit or you're using this for diarrhea)
2 1/2 tbsp sugar, (preferably corn sugar though table sugar, sucrose, is fine)
Dissolve in 1 qt. (or liter) water.
To be taken orally with 1 liter or quart of water over a 24 hour period for infants
Children 8-24 hour period
Adult over 8 hours

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:36 am
all ideas above = :gs:

some other items to consider:
gold Bond powder will replace the gold dust (unless that was what the OP meant.
cornstarch - good for powder and for a deoderant replacement
Super Glue - can help with stitches, use to attach butterfly stitches instead of putting into a wound
Epsom salts - makes a good soak for sore muscles and for soaking wounds.
cold/cough meds
don't forget the tissue!
hydrongen peroxide.
non-asprin as well as asprin stuff
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:52 pm
I get the generic Gold Bond powder (same ingredients) large container at Dollar tree
I have several put away

I also get cortisone cream and athletes foot anti fungal
among other things

Also, not a medicine, but don't forget your eye glass repair kit. I bought that at Dollar tree too

I am not trying to advertise for them, but many of us do not have the funds to buy a lot of expensive things.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:37 pm
go point about the eye glass kit! I like stopping in the dollar store too...that's where i got my first batch of preparedness supplies. I wasn't aware that there was a generic Gold Bond, so I'll look for that!
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