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.
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
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.
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
General Medical info, tips, and How-tos
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Last edited by Jonas Parker on Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Might wanna add some "Blue Star Ointment". Stuff's good for all kinds of things from relieving sore muscles to killing lice.
?"Blue Star Ointment"? Never heard of that. Going to have to Google that one.
The only thing I can think of is anti diarrhea and
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
all ideas above =
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.
don't forget the tissue!
non-asprin as well as asprin stuff
On a mountain top .
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.
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!
On a mountain top .
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