Meds to Stockpile For a Crisis

C. Davis
By C. Davis June 17, 2014 07:15

Meds to Stockpile For a Crisis

Meds Stockpile For a Crisis

From pharmaceutical medicine to vitamins, antiseptics and additional herbal medicines, there are a number of important medical supplies that you can and should stock up on in case of an emergency.

Over-the-counter medications are a good place to start, including antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal medicines. If you know where you purchase them, you can also stock up on basic antibiotics legally and without a prescription.

First and foremost, I always like to mention that if you or anyone in your family has a life-threatening dependence on a certain prescription medicine, you really should be sure to stock as much of that medication as possible. Most medications, when stored properly, will keep for anywhere from several months to several years. Find out what the shelf-life is of your medications, and try to keep at least a 3 month supply of crucial medications in stock.

Pain medication

This is another big one on the list of medicines that you should stock up on. Include a variety of different pain medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and even opiate-based pain medication if you have legal access to it or a prescription.

Not only is pain medication important for you and your family, but it has immense inherent value and can therefore be traded or bartered with as needed. Keep in mind that ibuprofen and acetaminophen can also be used to reduce fevers, though both can be harmful in large doses or over an extended period of use.

On the more natural end of the spectrum, a potent extract of curcumin, one of the active components in turmeric, has been used traditionally to relieve arthritic pains. Some studies have shown curcumin to demonstrate similar levels of efficacy as someprescription NSAIDs.

For topical pain relief and as a mild anesthetic, you can store oil extracts of clove, wintergreen, and many hot peppers, including cayenne, for their pain-relieving qualities. Clove oil is purported to be especially effective when it comes to toothaches, while hot peppers can be used to make oils or lotions for application to topical aches or tight muscles.Burn gel containing a percentage of lidocaine can also come in handy, even if you don’t necessarily have a burn to treat. Lidocaine is an anesthetic, usually included in concentrations of 2% – 4% in gels that are available OTC.

Other medicine that can be purchased OTC include Imodium, for treating and preventing severe diarrhea, as well as Benadryl or another antihistamine suitable for helping to contain an allergic reaction.Be aware, antihistamines and OTC pain medication such as acetaminophen can cross-react with one another; many ‘nighttime’ OTC pain medications include a small dose of antihistamine along with 250mg or 500mg of the regular pain medication.

Cold medicine

DayQuil or NyQuil can also be helpful, especially if you have young children who do not handle swallowing pills well. Liquid cold medicines generally have a decent shelf-life, and can be helpful for reducing fever, relieving nausea, relieving pain or stomach upset, and as an aid for getting to sleep.

An OTC supplement called melatonin can also be useful in regulating sleep and encouraging a natural sleep cycle.


In a post-SHTF scenario, you can bet good money that a lot of people will die of secondary infections and basically for a lack of antibiotics. Fortunately, antibiotics can also be stockpiled, legally, without a prescription and generally rather affordably. Simply check at your local farm supply store or vet, and ask for antibiotics such as FishMox or FishPen, they are amoxicillin and penicillin, respectively. Antibiotics should be used sparingly, but there are times when a course of antibiotics can mean the difference between life and death.

Many, many plants have natural antibacterial, antibiotic and antiviral properties as well. Aloe vera has a long history of use as a soothing balm for burns, to rejuvenate damaged skin, and also as an antiseptic gel for topical use. Some hospitals have taken to using allicin and alliin, two compounds found in fresh, crushed garlic, to fight antibiotic-resistant diseases like MRSA. Another great natural antibacterial and antiviral is tea tree oil, the oil of the melaleuca tree, which has also been used in some hospitals and clinics to fight antibiotic resistant diseases.


In addition to pharmaceutical and natural or herbal medicines, there are a number of vital nutrients that you can stock up on to promote, support and maintain the best health possible. Start with basic, fundamental nutrients like essential fatty acids (EFAs), a high quality multivitamin, and a 2000IU or 5000IU dosage of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is one particular medicine / supplement that is quite affordable and can serve to boost the immune system significantly.

Remember to maintain a sanitary environment as much as possible, and stock up on rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and liquid iodine for use as topical antiseptics and cleaners. If you have pets like a dog or a cat, or if you have very young children, keep in mind that a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, when swallowed, will induce stomach upset and vomiting. Some people also keep ipecac syrup on hand for inducing vomiting.

You can also store hydrocortisone cream to help treat skin ailments or eczema, it can provide quite a lot of relief. Use hydrocortisone cream on rashes, itching bug bites, or other minor, irritating skin problems and relish the relief it brings. I also recommend a good stock of antifungal cream to treat any ringworm or athlete’s foot that may crop up.

Finally, if you have access to quality honey and can store it properly, honey has an incredibly long shelf-life and many potential health benefits. Ranging from anti-inflammatory properties to antibiotic and antifungal, honey is a natural powerhouse of veritable goodness and health-promoting compounds. You can use honey in a variety of herbal teas to stave off colds and flu, or apply it topically over a wound to take advantage of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.


This article has been written by Gaia Rady for Survivopedia.

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C. Davis
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  1. That Prepper April 19, 08:16

    Of course, don’t buy everything at once! For awhile, I ignored the importance of medications and the sort! But once I finally got into it, I was to suspicious to store clerks! On my way home I was pulled over by the police, and they confiscated all my medicine! Over $750 wasted, and nothing but a ticket for suspicious activity to show for it!

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    • Lizzie07& December 28, 05:37

      You are correct. Don’t buy everything at one time. Pick up a few items every time you go to the store. No suspicion, no worries.

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  2. Paula Jo August 8, 22:44

    When storing prescription drugs like Xanax or Trazadone, do they have to be in original bottles or what? I have a Food Saver system and was going to use that, but was leary because of government, etc. If anyone has knowledge, let me know please. We have a lot to store!

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    • Lizzie07& December 28, 04:52

      It is best to store your meds in the original container, otherwise store in airtight dark glass or medicine containers that have never had anything else in them before. Make sure you label them with what the medicine is, it’s strength and how often it needs to be taken. Store your meds in a safe place, preferably in a locked medication box. Keep them in a cool, dry area, like where you would store your survival food. Date everything. Hope this helps.

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    • Lori T. April 5, 22:44

      When storing any contolled, scheduled or restricted medication, they must be stored in the original container that is provided by the pharmacy. However, if you prefer to store them in a vacuum sealed container of your own choosing, you can ask your pharmacist to dispense them in the container you provide and then they can label the prescription by affixing their label to your own container. Now, in a grid down situation or other crisis that lasts for longer periods of time, it really won’t matter whether you follow the law or not. There will not be any law enforcement to check it.

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  3. Bob December 7, 22:08

    Most antibiotics are prescription– how does one stockpile ???

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    • Dee December 10, 05:06

      I ordered mine on line from a veterinarian site. They are listed under fish and birds. Just make sure they are the only ingredient in each. They are although they say not for human use, they are the same as given to humans. Again if you’re ordering amoxicillin under ingredients that’s all it has in it, etc.. Hope this helps

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    • mszw2 January 28, 14:31

      you can buy some from the pet store or a fish only type pet store/

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    • Lizzie07& December 28, 04:55

      Overseas pharmacies.

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      • Penny October 9, 04:57

        Can you give me the information to the one you use? I need to stock up on my daughter’s seizure medication. Thank you

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    • Lizzie07& December 28, 05:31

      There are very reputable overseas pharmacies. Survival meds can be bought for pennies on the dollar and the medicine comes in blister packs which definitely helps extend shelf life. Just remember don’t risk buying narcotics. They are illegal to import and if customs confiscates your shipment, they send you a nasty letter with a warning of prosecution.

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    • Donna April 2, 16:16

      Fish antibiotics is used it is safe for human use

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  4. Lizzie07& December 28, 05:04

    When taking vitamin D3, make double sure you take vitamin K2 menaQ7 with it, especially when you take larger doses of vitamin D3. This is super important.

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    • Joe March 23, 15:47

      Okay I have several questions:
      1) What do you consider a large dose?

      2) What is K2 menaQ7?

      3) If this is “extremely important”, why don’t they print this warning on the label?

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  5. Lizzie07& December 28, 05:23

    One more comment on medications, this is for the younger women of childbearing age. Might want to stock birth control meds, condoms and depending your moral compass, the morning after pill. During a crisis situation an unintended pregnancy would definitely complicate matters, especially a longer term event.

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