Medications & Antibiotics


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Shortages When The SHTF:

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True Shelf Life of Drugs:

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Pain Meds:

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Anti-Parasite Drugs:

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Over The Counter Drugs That You Should Stockpile:

Ibuprofen, 200 mg (Motrin & Advil)

  • A popular pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and fever reducer.
  • It can alleviate pan from strains, sprains, arthritis, and traumatic injury, as well as reduce inflammation in the injured area.
  • Ibuprofen is also useful in reducing fevers from infections, but can cause stomach upset.
  • Ibuprofen 200 mg can be used one or two every four hours, three every six hours, or four every eight hours.

Acetamineophen, 325 mg (Tylenol):

  • Another popular pain reliever and fever reducer.
  • It can be used for all of the problems that you can take ibuprofen for, with the added benefit of not causing stomach irritation or thinning of the blood.
  • Unfortunately, it has no significant anti-inflammatory effect.
  • It is an excellent for treatment of pain and fevers in children at lower doses.
  • It comes in regular strength (325 mg) and extra strength (650 mg).
  • Adults take one or two every four hours.

Aspirin, 325 mg:

  • 5-Surprising-Uses-for-Aspirin-722x406Aspirin is also a pain reliever, fever reducer, and anti-inflammatory, but it has blood thinning properties as well.
  • It is useful to treat older people with coronary artery disease.
  • If you suspect someone of having a heart attack, have the chew an adult aspirin immediately.
  • Take two adult aspirin for pain, fever , and inflammation or one baby aspirin (81 mg) daily to help with coronary artery disease and as an anticoagulant.
  • In a collapse situation, higher doses may be appropriate to replace anticoagulant drugs like Coumadin, but this has not been fully researched.
  • Stomach upset is possible when taking aspirin.

Loperamide, 2mg (Imodioum):

  • Anti-diarrheal.
  • Slows intestinal motility, causing less water loss, and thus less dehydration.
  • With diarrheal disease you will have nausea and vomiting, so you will also want to have Meclizine.

Meclizine, 12.5mg, 25mg, and 50mg (Dramamine, Antivert):

  • Prevents nausea and vomiting.  Often used to prevent motion sickness.
  • Also may help with dizziness, and tends to act as a sedative.
  • Take one 25mg tablet one hour before boarding a plane or boat, or 50-100mg daily in divided doses for dizziness, anxiety or sleep.


  • In survival situations a lack of a balanced diet with fiber may cause issues with constipation.  Metamucil (now called Meta) is made from psyllium seed husks and provides a goo source of fiber when it is not easily available otherwise.
  • Metamucil may have benefits for cholesterol, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome as well.
  • Some people note less hunger between meals when they take it.

Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin, Bacitracin, Bactroban):

  • When applied to an injury involving a break in the skin it greatly decreases the chance of infections which could lead to a life-threatening condition.
  • Triple antibiotic ointment won’t cure a deep infection.  That will require oral or IV antibiotics.  Treating an injury with the ointment immediately after an injury will give you a good chance at preventing an infection.
  • Apply three to four times a day.

Diphenhydramine 25mg and 50mg (Benadryl):

  • An antihistamine alleviates itching, rashes, nasal congestion, and other symptoms of allergic reactions.
  • It also helps drain the nasal passages in some respiratory infections.
  • At the higher 50mg does it makes an effective sleep aid.
  • Use 25mg every six hours for mild reactions.
  • Use 50mg every six hours for severe reactions, anxiety, or sleep.
  • It also comes in cream or ointment form.

Hydrocortisone Cream (1%):

  • A cream used for various type of dermatitis that cause redness, flakiness, itching, and thickening of the skin.
  • It is a mild steroid which reduces inflammation and various symptoms of allergic dermatitis, exzema, diaper rah, etc.
  • Apply three to four times per day to affected area.

Lidocaine Ointment (Xylocaine):

  • Topical anesthetic meant to decrease pain in areas of the skin.
  • Helpful to deal with burns, insect bites, minor cuts, and other injuries.
  • Apply two to three times per day.
  • Can be used to deaden skin prior to inserting a needle, but are not numbing enough to perform procedures like suture closures.

Omeprazole 20-40mg, Cimetidine 200-800mg, Ranitidine 75-150mg, (Prilosec, Tagamet, Zantac, etc.):

  • These antacids will calm heartburn, queasiness, and stomach upset.
  • Calcium Carbonate (Tums) or Magnesium sulfate (Maalox) are also fine in solid form.  These medications are also useful for acid reflux and ulcer disease.

Clotrimazole, Miconazole Cream / Powder (Lotrimin, Monistat):

  • Infections can be bacterial, but they can also be caused by fungus.  Common examples would be Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), vaginal infections (monilia), ringworm, an jock itch (tinea cruris).
  • Clotrimazole and Miconazole are examples of anti-fungal medications that would be useful to treat these conditions.
  • Apply twice per day externally, or once daily intravaginally.
  • Some vaginal creams come in different strengths.  In some the whole treatment course is over in one day.  In others, three days to a week.


  • In a societal collapse the unavailability of a good variety of food may lead to dietary deficiencies, not just in calories, but in vitamins and minerals.
  • You should have plenty of multi-vitamins, commercial or natural, in your medical storage.
  • You won’t have to take these on a daily basis as many multi-vitamins give you more than you need if taken daily and you body will excrete what your body can’t absorb.
  • Recent studies suggest that few, if any, vitamins are needed when a balanced diet is available.  In a collapse, once a week would be sufficient to prevent most problems.

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