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I'm trying to put together a list of meds (primarily pill form) that would make sense to include in my preps. I've searched through this forum and found various lists, references and discussions, but I couldn't find a single comprehensive list, so I took a stab at creating one. Note that this list assumes no pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, severe allergies, etc.) and is targeted at reasonably healthy adults. Yes, I realize that a number of these require a prescription, and yes, I realize that you need to be well-versed in how and when to use each of them, and yes, I do realize that there are natural/herbal alternatives for many of them.

- Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin)
- Caffeine tablets (use with Acetaminophen/Aspirin to enhance effectiveness)
- Amoxicllin
- Ciprofloxacin
- Cephalexin
- Metronidazole
- Doxycycline
- Ampicillin
- Clindamycin
- Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprin
- Fluconazole
- Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)
- Corticosteroids
- Hydrocortisone (Cortef)
- Cortisone
- Deltasone, also called prednisone epocrates
- loperamide (Imodium)
- bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol)
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- fexofenadine (Allegra)
- levocetirizine (Xyzal)
- loratadine (Claritin, Alavert)
- Brompheniramine (Dimetapp allergy, Nasahist B)
- chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)
- clemastine (Tavist)
- diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
- Guaifenesin (Expectorant)
- Dextromethorphan (Suppressant)
- Potassium Iodate (KIO3)

Am I missing anything?

Did anyone at all see the part of the OP highlighted in red above? This is a list of medications to have on hand, IN CONJUNCTION WITH non-commercial DIY options such as herbals, which is a separate subject best addressed by someone that knows what they are doing.

Below are my thoughts on the subject, plus some suggestions made by an MD sympathetic to my request for guidance. His list should take precedence over mine if there are any conflicts.

Do you own due diligence research.

(I have included my thoughts on alternatives, just to prime the pump, so to speak. But the main thrust of the thread is not DIY, it is stocking medications and treatments available now.

My thoughts on stocking medications and treatments for the PAW

Items to keep in bulk (small containers, however)
• Rubbing alcohol
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Petroleum jelly
• Skin lotion
• Vinegar
• Baking soda
• Table salt
• Epsom salt
• Aloe-vera juice

• Salt tablets: (Use with caution, and only with copious amounts of water)(It is much better to use formulated rehydration tablets, powders, or drinks.)
• Rehydration tablets/powder
• Sports type vitamin/mineral/electrolyte drink

• Eye ointment: yellow oxide of mercury 1% ophthalmic
• Eye anti-irritant: Tetrahydrozline drops (sterile solution of tetrahydrozoline hc1 .05%, sodium borate, boric acid, sodium chloride, benzalkonium chloride .01%, ethylene diamine tetraacetate .1%)
• Ear drops: Schein Otic drops (formulation of chloroxlenol, henzalkonlum chloride, acetic acid & glycerine)
• Tooth pain: Clove oil (Does burn slightly on application. Children might not use it very well or willingly)
• Dental: Eugenol or oil of cloves
• Dental: Powdered zinc oxide
• Toothache ointment: favorite brand, several
• Lip balm: favorite brand, several

Colds/Flu Symptoms
• Throat lozenges/cough drops: favorite brand/selection
• Cough medication (liquid): favorite brand/selection
• Cold remedy (liquid/tablet): favorite brand/selection
• Decongestant: Vicks vapor rub
• Vitamin C

• Anti-fungal: Tinactin cream (1% tolnaftate cream)
• Anti-inflammation/anti-itch: Hydrocortisone 1/2% cream
• Anti-burn/anti-itch/topical anesthetic: Dibucaine 1% ointment
• Antibiotic ointment: Triple Antibiotic Ointment (per gram: bacitracin-400 units, neomycin sulfate-5mg, polymyxin b sulfate-5000 units)
• Skin healant ointment: Vitamin A & D ointment (lanolin-petrolatum base) (1st degree burns, diaper rash, dry skin)
• Sun screen: zinc oxide ointment
• Burn irrigation solution: Mild saline solution
• Burn liquid loss replacement drink: sodium chloride/bicarbanate powder (mix w/water & drink after burns to help replace surface liquid loss)

• Pain/anti-inflammation: aspirin, Aspirin 325mg and 81mg
• Tylenol (be aware of liver problems
• Motrin 200 mg (therapeutic does is 2 every 4 hours, or 3 every 6 hours)
• Pain/muscle relaxant/tranquilizer: Percogesic tablets (325mg acetaminophen w/30mg phenyltoloxamine citrate)

Muscle Aches/Pains
• Heat balm: favorite brand, several

• Antihistamine: chlorpheniramine maleate 4mg tablets
• Decongestant/vasoconstrictor: pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 30mg tablets
• Decongestant: Afrin nasal spray (oxymetazoline hydrochloride 0.05%)

• Antacid: Dimacid tablets
• Anti-indigestion /nausea/diarrhea: Pepto-Bismol tablets(bismuth subsalicylate) (no sugar)
• Laxative: Bisacodyl 5mg tablets (Dulcolax, Thera-lax, Bon-o-Lax) (does not enter milk of nursing mothers)
• Anti-diarrhea: Imodium
• Metamucil: (adsorbs liquid)
• Anti-nausea/motion: meclizine hydrochloride 25mg tablets
• Vomit inducer (after poisoning): syrup of ipecac (check with your doctor as this has fallen out of favor) (not for use if strychnine, corrosives (alkalis [lye]) or strong acids), petroleum distillates such as kerosene, gasoline, coal oil, fuel oil, paint thinner or cleaning fluid have been ingested)

Female Specific
• PMS control medication: (several brands)
• Acidophilus pills (for women before taking antibiotics that could cause yeast infections)
• Miconazole (for yeast infections)
• Laxative: Bisacodyl 5mg tablets (Dulcolax, Thera-lax, Bon-o-Lax) (does not enter milk of nursing mothers)

Prescription Medications & Treatments
• Normal supply of current use prescriptions
• Normal supply of constant use non-prescription items (blood/urine test strips, etc.)

• 3-day reserve supply of current use prescriptions & constant use non-prescription items
• 14-day reserve supply of current use prescriptions & constant use non-prescription items
• 30-day reserve supply of current use prescriptions & constant use non-prescription items

• Post disaster emergency-use-only prescriptions (returned to doctor in sealed container periodically for inspection to verify non-abuse) (upon expiration date returned to doctor for disposal and issuance of new prescription)

• syringes (in areas where prescriptions are required)
• prescription dental extraction pain reliever (injectable)
• prescription local anesthetic (injectable)
• prescription multi-use narcotic (codeine)(oral/injectable)
• prescription severe pain reliever (oral/injectable)
• prescription muscle relaxant (oral/injectable)
• prescription tranquilizer (oral/injectable)
• prescription broad spectrum antibiotic (oral/injectable)
• IV solutions & equipment (D5W, saline, Ringer's lactate solution, glucose, blood expander, blood plasma)
• 50 cc 50% dextrose for hypoglycemia
• Other items as personal physician recommends and suggests for post disaster use

Specific RX possibilities
• Cipro 500 mg. Anti bacterial infection (x90)
• Morphine - pain
• Epinephrine - allergic reactions
• Lidocaine, injectable – dental/suturing pain
• Lidocaine, topical – skin surface pain/suturing pain
• Diazepam - sedative/muscle relaxant
• Ketamine - anasthetic
• Dexamethasone sod phos inj 4mg/ml - steroid anti-inflammatory
• Naproxin sulfate – anti-inflammatory
• Phenoxymethyl penicillin pen vk 500mg - antibiotic
• Clindamycin 300mg - anti biotic
• Codeine - many uses

Some doctor recommendations:
Skin treatments:
• Anti fungal: clotrimazole, miconazole (vaginal cream and ointment)
• Anti-inflammatory: cortisone 1%, calamine lotion
• Sun screen: UVA/UVB, SPF 30, & with avobenzone, or one of the occlusive, such as zinc oxide
• Antibiotic: triple antibiotic (Polysporin)
• Lip protection: choose high SPF, and moisturizer.

Burn treatments:
• Thermal burns: sterile saline for rinse, in pressurized cans, or the IV bottle. Cool sterile water can also be used.
• Dressings: I have used Silvadene, even though there is some controversy, hydrogel burn pads are effective, and today I would choose them.

Eye treatments:
• Neosporin ophthalmic
• Cipro ophthalmic
• Poly pred.

Ear treatments:
• Domeboro otic
• Neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates
• Hydrocortisone otic

Allergy treatments:
• Antihistamine: Benadryl oral (OTC) parental:50 mg diphenhydramine hydrochloride/milliliter
• steroids: Medrol dose pac (5 day decreasing dose of steroid), solu-cortef, (500 mg/2 ml) or solumedrol (500 mg/4 ml) for iv or im use in severe allergic reaction. These have to be made up in the vial-- dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection, usp 4 mg/ml and 10 mg/ml, also has to be made up. (steroids can also be used as anti-inflammatories, either orally, by injection im, or by injection into a joint.)
• Epinephrine: epi-pen, or epinephrine 0.3 to 0.5 cc. Of 1:1,000 solution im. These are in ampules, and i have seen last 10 years.

Pain medications:
• Aspirin 325mg and 81mg strengths (pain and anti-inflammatory
• Tylenol
• Motrin 200 mg (therapeutic does is 2 every 4 hours, or 3 every 6 hours)
• Codeine--such as lortab 7.5/300
• Morphine sulfate er 15 mg oral, or morphine sulfate 10 mg/cc: 2.5-10 mg iv or 5 to 20 mg im or sub q.
• Demerol 50 mg po 50mg to 150 mg po q 4 hours, demerol 50 mg/ml iv for severe pain management.

• Ketamine--I have never used it. Normally it is used as an induction agent in humans – but it can be used for brief procedures. I have been given Versed for a number ofback procedures - such as intrathecal and epidural injections, as well as nerve ablation by RF or chemical means. I have had a number of major surgeries – and the anesthesia scares me far more than any procedure… (my last open heart was over 8 hours - and I was in post op ICU for a week...)

Muscle relaxants:
• Robaxan 750 mg
• Flexural 5 mg
• Valium 5 mg
• Xanax
• Atarax 25 mg (also used to potentiate other pain medications, as well as an anti-psychotic)

Heart/cardiac medications:
• Lasix 40 mg (diuretic)
• Nitroglycerine spray pump (the spray will last longer than the tablets – about 3 years.) Pills 6 months at the most. These are the only cardiac/ high BP drugs, I routinely put in kits. There are a number of classes more, which might be considered, but is this a goal of paw treatment?

• Acid blocker: Prilosec or Zantac, Imodium 2 mg
• Metamucil (wafers are easier to take, work both for constipation and diarrhea)
• Bentyl (anti spasmodic)
• Tums/Maalox
• Senokot

• Your list is fairly good. I would add:
• Doxycycline 100 mg
• Metronidazole 250 mg
• Amoxicillin 250 mg (used more in children)
• Ampicillin, 500mg (a number of simple infections respond)
• Sulfamethoxazole 800mg/trimethoprim/160mg, (commonly used for lower urinary tract infections, most commonly, but at least a dozen other serious conditions, better than the high cost, alternatives, including toxoplasmosis.)

Döterra essential oils:

On Guard (blend)
Digestzen (blend)
Deep Blue (blend)
Terrashield (blend)
Breathe (blend)
Aromatouch (blend)
Purify (blend)
Fractionated coconut carrier oil

Herbals and alternative medications:

Manuka honey
Local raw honey
Colloidal silver
Vitamin C
Cayenne pepper
St John’s Wort

Useful herbals for before, during, & after childbirth:
Shepherds purse (for hemorrhage)
Black and blue cohosh

I am not a doctor, pharmacist, or any other type of medical practitioner. For any thing medical related it is up to the person to do their own due diligence research, and confer with medical professionals before doing any treatment on oneself or others.

Just my opinion.

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Thank you, RR. Your name definitely fits your approach.

I look forward to more of your suggestions. All I can do is research, which gives some options, but your experience offers much more than options.

Well done!

Just my opinion.
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great list Jerry. I quoted just a few of them wondered if any idea of shelf lives? Probably a lot of work to add this. ..
Thanks sixtus.

I do know the shelf life of a few items. But I do not want the responsibility of someone depending only my lists blindly. So I do not include some types of information, as I really do want people to do the due diligence research on products I list so they will be fully informed and will make decisions based on what they have researched themselves, and therefore know what is right for them.

My lists, as always, are options lists, lists of possibilities, things to check, things to make people think, and to provide information or ideas that others might not think of due to simply not ever being exposed to some of the things I have.

Only when I add words to the effect "I would recommend" am I making a recommendation. If those words are not included, it is simply an item that a person might want to research. And if you notice, I very seldom use 'I would recommend". It is not like 'Just my opinion", which is my standard close. Because that is pretty much what all of my posts are. My opinions. And I feel like everyone should form their own opinion, based on their research. Sure, look at my stuff and consider it, but do not depend on it alone.

This is not a rant at you, sixtus. You just gave me a good opportunity to express my thoughts on they whys and wherefores of how I present information.

Oh. And the worm treatment: Spicy foods? (See? This is why one must do their own due diligence research.)
And of course, Just my opinion.
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