35 OTC Medications You Should Store

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

This is my friendly reminder on the 35 OTC medications you should store now. There are so many disruptions in our general supply chain that I felt it was important to update this post and keep this issue in front of my readers. While you might not have given too much thought in the past about stocking up on medicine for a disaster, now might be the time to rethink that decision.

Just consider a traumatic event that cuts you off from going to the local pharmacy, a retail store with OTC medications, the doctor, the dentist, or even making a trip to the massage therapist for much-needed treatment. 

That could mean no prescriptions, no (much-needed) root canal, and tense achy muscles. Talk about a world of discomfort and pain. Stockpiling several over-the-counter medications before a crisis were to happen, seems to make pretty good sense to me.

Here’s a look at 35 OTC medications you should consider storing that could use to help fight pain, nausea, earache, and more. Please check with your medical professional for any drug interactions you may have using ANY of these.

I have a PRINTABLE for you below! This PAGE 1 image looks like a “tiny” printable which may help you!

35 OTC Medications You Should Store

35 OTC Medications You Should Store

Top List of OTC Medicines You Should Store 

Pain Relievers 

Bandages

1. Aspirin

Aspirin is not only a fever and headache reducer, but it also reduces toothaches, some swelling, and the inflammation that causes muscles to ache. Be careful not to give aspirin to young children with a fever, severe health challenges like Reye’s syndrome can occur. Also, be aware that aspirin is a blood thinner and overuse can cause bleeding issues.

2. Tylenol 

Tylenol is similar to aspirin in taking care of most pain or discomfort. You can even grind it into a powder and rub it on irritated skin for relief. Make sure you use the recommended dosing. Note that there are doses for different ages, so get some that will cover the needs of your whole family.

3. Aleve

Aleve will rid you of most aches and pains and also help reduce fevers and headaches. It even works on menstrual cramps and arthritis. While it might be similar to the previous two pain relievers, its benefits tend to have a longer-lasting effect. 

4. Advil 

While it might work better on headaches, Advil is believed to work more effectively on pain, fever, and inflammation. You don’t want to use any medicines past their expiration date.

5. Excedrin

Excedrin works great on migraines and tension headaches, along with reducing fevers and colds. It even works on nasal congestion. 

6. Orajel 

After a crisis happens, taking a trip to the dentist might not be an option. Orajel is a numbing medication that will help reduce toothaches, minor gum irritation and also helps with sore throats and canker sores.  It can really come in handy until you can get professional help.

Keep in mind, if there is any chance that the oral pain could be an abscess, be sure to take the person to a dentist, if they are open, or an ER if not. With the jaw bone so close to the brain, any infection needs immediate attention!

Digestive Issues

7. Tums or Rolaids

Tums and Rolaids will work to provide minor relief from heartburn and upset stomach by lowering stomach acid buildup. Be sure and check out the brand that seems to work best for you and your family before you stock up on several packages.

Read More of My Articles  First Aid Kit For Day Hiking Is Critical For Safety

8. Pepto-Bismol 

When you’re faced with tummy issues during an emergency, this antidiarrheal drug is one you can’t go without. Pepto-Bismol works on stomach issues including diarrhea, heartburn, stomach discomfort, gas, and nausea. 

9. Pepcid AC

Pepcid AC works on preventing reoccurring stomach ulcers. It also covers heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease and is proven to work much quicker.  

10. Nexium

Another useful stomach reliever to have on hand would be Nexium. Not only will it fight stomach discomfort, ulcers, and heartburn, but it can help heal acid damage to the stomach and the esophagus. 

11. Imodium 

Another medication that helps fight diarrhea, Imodium will decrease the number of bowel movements and watery stool. You really have to be careful that you or a loved one doesn’t get dehydrated from throwing up and having diarrhea at the same time.

We’ve had family members end up in the hospital after “going” at both ends for a few days. Like the adage says, “drink lots of liquids.”

12. Milk of Magnesia 

If you’re suffering from constipation, Milk of Magnesia works as a laxative by adding water to your intestines and taking away discomfort. It also works on sour stomachs and heartburn. 

13. Alka-Seltzer 

The last stomach aid that is not least on our list, is Alka-Seltzer. This medication fights a number of problems, including stomach aches, inflammation, indigestion, pain, fevers, and even hangovers. 

Mark swears by Alka Seltzer. His stomach can’t take raw onions or garlic, so if he has issues he does the “plop, plop fizz, fizz” Alka Seltzer treatment.

Cold and Flu

Cold and Flu Medications

14. Dayquil

Catching a cold or fever during or after a crisis without anything to fight it can be a real problem. Dayquil fights a number of symptoms, including cough, stuffy nose, fever, flu-like symptoms, body aches, and headaches.  

15. Mucinex DM

If you’re having a rough time sleeping from all the coughing and mucus build-up in your throat, Mucinex DM just became the remedy you’re looking for. 

16. Robitussin 

Robitussin helps relieve constant coughing by reducing chest congestion. For Diabetics, it sounds like you have Diabetic-Tussin. The brand called Halls has sugar-free lozenges that could provide some relief.

17. Sudafed or Sudafed PE

Sudafed PE provides short-term relief for nasal congestion while having pain-relieving benefits at the same time. It helps with the common cold and respiratory allergies. 

You can get Sudafed behind the pharmacy counter by showing your driver’s license. They will ask you for your phone number as well here in Utah. I believe you can get four packages per year per driver’s license here in Utah. Be sure to check this out in your location so you won’t be surprised at the store.

18. Nyquil

Nyquil works similarly to Dayquil by fighting the same symptoms, yet causes drowsiness and helps you sleep at night. Be cautious with any medications that indicate they can prompt sleep. You shouldn’t drive or run machines and equipment.

Allergies

Allergies

19. Zyrtec

Struggling with sneezing, a runny nose, or itchy and watery eyes? Zyrtec is an antihistamine that will work on all of those for much-needed relief.  It’s also great for reducing rashes like hives.

20. Claritin

Claritin is another allergy relief medication that works similarly to Zyrtec. It really depends on the patient to find which one works better than the other. 

21. Benadryl 

Benadryl fights symptoms such as rashes, sneezing or a runny nose, and itchy and watery eyes. It can also be taken to prevent vomiting, nausea, and dizziness. Benadryl is critical to have on hand for emergencies. Mark takes 1/2 a pill each morning to eliminate the urge to scratch patches on his stomach. Some people indicate it can cause drowsiness.

22. Allegra

Allegra is another antihistamine that works on most minor allergy cases. 

Skin Irritation/Wounds/Bandages

Bandages

23. Aspercreme 

Aspercreme will help treat minor aches and pains in your muscles and joints. 

24. Lotrimin

If you are suffering from a yeast infection, ringworm, jock itch, or athlete’s foot, Lotrimin may provide the relief you’re looking for. 

25. Cortizone 10

Cortizone 10 works great on bug bites, poison ivy, allergies, rash, and even eczema, by reducing the swelling, redness, and itching that may occur. 

26. Neosporin, Bacitracin or Polysporin

Everyone should have this in their stock to prepare for a catastrophe. If you’re suffering from a minor burn, wound, or cut, Neosporin will help keep bacteria from causing infections. It is suggested that for long-term use you steer clear of Neosporin and try one of the other two based on its contents. 

Read More of My Articles  First Aid Kit For Survival

Misc. Medications 

27. Charcoal Tablets 

Charcoal tablets help filter out undigested toxins and poisons that might have been ingested. 

28. Melatonin

Anxiety, stress, and insomnia more than likely will keep you awake after a devastating crisis. Having a stockpile of melatonin, or other sleeping aids will help you get the rest you desperately need and help you make better decisions. 

29. Potassium Iodide Tablets

If there were ever a radiation emergency, potassium iodide tablets could help the thyroid from taking on excessive radioactive iodine. 

30. Electrolytes

During a crisis situation, you want to ensure your body is getting all the electrolytes needed for your body to function properly. Electrolyte Powder This also ties into the discussion earlier about dehydration. Some of your body functions can shut down if you’ve lost a lot of your electrolytes.

31. Dramamine 

Dramamine will provide relief from nausea, vomiting, or motion sickness. 

32. QuikClot 

You never know when you’re going to need something to stop significant bleeding. QuikClot might just very well save your life. QuikClot If there is any way to get the person affected by the puncture or severe cut to the hospital after you’ve administered the necessary first aid treatments, do it.

33. Multivitamins 

Although technically not an over-the-counter medication, multivitamins will make sure you’re body is getting the right nutrients and minerals needed when you’re probably not eating the most nutritious food after an emergency. As we age, we need to consider supplementing our body’s nutrients with a variety of vitamins and minerals. Ask your doctor for advice regarding the most critical ones to take. 

34. Epsom Salt 

Epsom Salt is another useful item to have, to reduce stress and relax the body. It sounds like the perfect solution to put in your next bath water after a crisis. Epsom Salt Many of my readers soak their feet in Epsom Salt to find relief for very sore feet.

35. Rubbing Alcohol

I remember using it for cleaning pierced ears, disinfecting dishrags and sponges, and using it as a hand sanitizer.

36. Hydrogen Peroxide

You can use it to disinfect your toothbrushes and mouth guards. It’s great for disinfecting your nail or pedicure tools.

37. Diaper Rash

It’s critical we stock some diaper rash cream. We may not need it but someone in an emergency center may. Diaper Rash Cream

38. Voltaren 

This is good for arthritis according to a reader. Here is more information on it. What is Voltaren

39. Temparin Lost Filling Repair

This is a TEMPORARY fix until you can see a dentist

40. Calamine Lotion

This works great for so many skin rashes

41. Garlic Capsules and Red Yeast Rice Capsules

These are used for cholesterol without the side effects of statins.

Things to Keep in Mind About OTC Medicines

  • Read the back of the label for active ingredients.
  • Make sure you store medicines appropriately.
  • Keep out of the reach of young children.
  • Seek proper health care when needed, and talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you have a significant medical condition, seek help from your doctor as soon as it’s safe to do so.
  • Drug interactions affect people differently.
  • Know there could be an increased risk of side effects.

Stock Your Home Pharmacy

OTC Printable by Food Storage Moms

Final Word

These are a number of over-the-counter medications that you’ll want to have stored away in case an emergency were to arise. Just be aware to rotate out your supplies to keep your medical stock from going out of date. 

If you can think of any other medications that provide relief during various types of emergencies, tell us about them. These are my favorite 35 OTC medications you should store if you use them. Note that I added a few more important items for a total of 41. May God bless this world, Linda

89 thoughts on “35 OTC Medications You Should Store

  • October 2, 2019 at 7:22 am
    Permalink

    For antacids I rely on Rolaids, for some reason the other brands all make me nauseous. So make sure you try whatever brands of antacids you’re planning on storing before going in whole hog…

    Zyrtec is great for allergies like hay fever, but it’s also useful in reducing rashes like hives. For folks who get hives when stressed, it’s a decent option when used in conjunction with hydrocortisone cream.

    And I wanted to share an experience with expired Orajel. The liquid numbing agent had separated from the gel so it poured out of the dispenser very fast and was just as effective, if not more so….So if you have old Orajel you might want to open it carefully over a tiny measuring spoon in case your supply has started to separate. That way you can still dispense it on the ache without wasting it or over applying it (like I did…)

    Thanks for all the wonderful articles!

    Reply
    • October 2, 2019 at 7:33 am
      Permalink

      Hi DMWalsh, thanks for the comments. I’m going to add your tips to the post. Real-life stories help us all. These are awesome! Linda

      Reply
  • October 2, 2019 at 7:54 am
    Permalink

    HI LInda,

    Just a few comments. Real Sudafed works much better than Sudafed PE. Real Sudafed is still an OTC drug, but it’s kept behind the pharmacy counter due to its abuse in making meth. You have to show a driver’s license and sign for it, and you’re limited to how many you can get each month.

    Get pill forms of medications whenever possible. The shelf life of pills is much greater than for liquids.

    Potassium iodide is only effective for one kind of radiation, radioactive iodine. It does nothing against cesium or strontium. And if you’re an older person, you may not need it at all. It’s only for preventing thyroid cancer which can take up to a decade to develop in older people.

    This is a great list you have put together. I would definitely add caffeine pills to the list. They’re sold as No-Doze, Vivarin, and Jet Alert. They’re inexpensive and have numerous uses. I have written about the use of caffeine, Benadryl, and most all the other medications you have listed on my blog PrepSchoolDaily dot blogspot dot com.

    Have a great day!

    Reply
    • October 2, 2019 at 8:01 am
      Permalink

      Hi Jennifer, great comment, thank you. I just added the kind of Sudafed you mentioned. That’s the only one I buy from behind the pharmacy counter. Great reminder. Thank you so much, Linda

      Reply
      • November 9, 2021 at 9:50 am
        Permalink

        There is also a treatment for cesium radiation exposure called Prussian Blue. It’s only available by prescription and a bit pricey. The kind Jennifer mentioned is available OTC. One would have to know what type of radiation they’ve been exposed to. That’s definitely not something I would know how to tell. If that type of medication is going to be needed, I’m going to pray that I’ve led my life righteously and have my affairs in order!

        Reply
    • November 27, 2019 at 1:15 pm
      Permalink

      Nu-skin or a similar product. It’s to cover abrasions or closed cuts with a protective film (more like water-soluble varnish) to keep out dirt and germs. Burns like crazy on something like a juicy abrasion, but by the time it stops the wound is protected and stable. And it will stay that way until you wash with soap & water.

      Reply
      • November 27, 2019 at 1:53 pm
        Permalink

        Hi David, thank you for the reminder about Nu-skin. Great tip! Linda

        Reply
        • November 9, 2021 at 9:51 am
          Permalink

          If you clean your wound good enough and it’s not huge, Super Glue works real good. In a pinch, it’s better than nothing!

          Reply
      • August 2, 2020 at 8:17 pm
        Permalink

        When using this product, use a Q Tip instead of the tiny brush. This will avoid contaminating the rest of the contents.

        Reply
  • October 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm
    Permalink

    As of October 1, they are pulling Zantac off the shelf because it causes cancer, When I asked my doctor what kind of cancer she said she did not know.

    Reply
    • October 2, 2019 at 1:12 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Linda, thank you, that’s why I wrote what I did on my post. This is crazy all these people have been taking this poisonous FDA approved medication and now it’s being taken off the market. It’s so scary! Linda

      Reply
    • March 21, 2022 at 2:30 pm
      Permalink

      The additive the found in Zantac is apparently able to cause multiple forms of cancer. It stays in the body, and doesn’t get excreted, as far as I can find. Nexium is a better but expensive option. Arrrgh! I believe the chemical was also found in generic Zantac.

      Reply
      • March 21, 2022 at 5:57 pm
        Permalink

        Hi MaryAnn, I wondered why they took Zantac off the market. Interesting since it was approved by the FDA, it makes you wonder what changed. LInda

        Reply
  • October 2, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    Permalink

    I think you might want to add another type of Robistussin to the list and that is their medication for diabetics called Diabeti-Tussin.

    Some medications like throat lozenges have sugar in them, but Halls offer sugar free versions and to alleviate dryness, they sell their Refresh Advanced Moisture Action which are like lozenges or hard candy. You suck them and they sort of squirt inside your mouth. Sugar free or not, they’re nice to have and not medicinal, so they’re safe for anyone.

    And while not medication, but a comfort item, they sell a few sugar free candies at Dollar Tree, but the best place to find a wide variety is (No not Walmart)…. but Walgreens. They seem to stock more than most stores.

    One more thing I like to have is Afrin Nasal Spray (Or similar) to relieve my stuffy nose at night. You spray it, it drips, you blow your nose and then you can breathe and get right back to sleep.

    Reply
    • October 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Frank, thanks for the reminder on Diabetics, adding these right now. That’s a great tip on Walgreens!! Thank you! Linda

      Reply
  • October 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    Permalink

    Thank you for your comments. I have GERD pretty bad since my surgery one of the foods they I should not eat is any surgary items.

    Reply
    • October 2, 2019 at 1:24 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Linda, thank you for that comment!! I’m sorry to hear you got Gerd from the surgery, that’s not fun! Linda

      Reply
      • October 2, 2019 at 1:54 pm
        Permalink

        I learned a lot from your list and commentary, thank you Linda.
        We keep less than 5 of the items mentioned on this list, on hand. Over the years I have searched for and used natural remedies, keeping those on hand instead. For me this choice has also eliminated side effects. But I am a family herbalist so that training helps a lot.

        Reply
        • October 2, 2019 at 2:52 pm
          Permalink

          Hi Janet, I use My Doctor Suggests Structured Silver more than anything. The list is mainly to help people think about everything they use each day, once a week, or monthly. Or maybe even yearly. My goal is to teach people to be prepared before they have to be. I really admire you for being a family herbalist. That is so awesome. We need to be able to take care of ourselves and teach people not to rely on modern medicine if it’s not available. It would be so nice if everyone could bring something to the table in the neighborhood. We will all need different skills. I love natural remedies too. I rarely go to the doctor, I never get sick. Your neighborhood is lucky, Janet! Linda

          Reply
    • October 2, 2019 at 8:08 pm
      Permalink

      Linda ~
      I had surgery over 3 years ago and had never experienced GERD before that! I have been taking Omeprozole consistently and it barely kept it in check. Now before bed (I am rarely if ever, affected during the daytime) I take 1/4 teaspoon of good ol’ baking soda in a glass of water and a little squirt of lemonade drops for flavoring. I haven’t had any GERD since then (have been taking this for over a week now).

      Reply
  • October 2, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    Permalink

    I’d also suggest that everyone at least read up on home remedies–including old-fashioned herbal ones.
    The only pain reliever I’ve used in years is willow bark (I put the cut-up bark in a jar with vodka and let it sit for a month or so, then strain and put in brown bottles). Seems to take perhaps a little longer to take effect than aspirin, but works and lasts better, with none of the NSAID side-effects.

    For indigestion, meadowsweet flowers made into a glycerite (soaked in vegetable glycerine). My husband had had bad reflux apparently for several years–pill-pushing doctor had put him on omeprazole for those several years, which damaged his memory (and I know from vet medicine that horses shouldn’t be on omeprazole for more than a few weeks!) Meadowsweet made the difference.

    These are only a few… All kinds of good medicine probably grows in your back yard: plantain, yarrow, mullein… And that’s just the weeds, never mind what can be intentionally grown!

    The OTC remedies are certainly worth having on hand, but can cause other problems and will eventually run out. Be aware of the old-time ones, too.

    Reply
    • October 2, 2019 at 2:58 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Rhonda, great comment. It’s to bad the doctor pushed those drugs on your sweet husband. Years ago we followed the doctor’s suggestions. Not so much anymore. We have to be our own advocates for our health. I really appreciate your comments on the old-fashioned herbal remedies. When I was little I bet I went to the doctor once in ten years. AND I had measles, chickenpox and who knows what else. It’s funny Rhonda, or maybe it really isn’t. My daughters and I have high cholesterol. I have been taking statins for 30 years (not good). My daughters have learned to fight it naturally and with diet. Imagine that?? LOL! I hope to be off my cholesterol medicine within 6 months based on their ideas. Yes, this old dog can change. LOL! Linda

      Reply
      • November 9, 2021 at 9:55 am
        Permalink

        Linda, try Red Yeast Rice tablets from Costco. They’re giant horsepills but maybe they can be broken in half. My husband doesn’t want to take statins due to muscle cramps so he started the Red Yeast Rice. His cholesterol is amazingly low now. The doctor never complains about his levels anymore!

        Reply
    • October 3, 2019 at 7:49 am
      Permalink

      Rhonda ~
      Thank you for the information on meadowsweet. I will look into getting some and trying it. I really want to get off the omeprozole! The baking soda works pretty well but that is so high in sodium. So, I will research the herb and give it a try!

      One of the things that I did a few years ago was take a couple of on-line herbal classes thinking (and rightly so) that in retirement, I might not have the money to spend on conventional drugs if needed. I am NOT an herbalist in any form but I think that I have enough herbal knowledge to at least research herbal remedies and try them on myself!

      Reply
      • October 3, 2019 at 11:08 am
        Permalink

        Leanne, the meadowsweet glycerite even tastes good! DH actually only needs to take it very occasionally now. We also had a friend have bad acid tummy while he was visiting–didn’t have any antacid to give him, so I offered the meadowsweet–he was thrilled with how it worked!

        From what I’ve read, the omeprozole actually may perpetuate the reflux–it lowers the acid, so digestion isn’t as good, and the stomach contents actually may begin to ferment, causing it to bubble up into the esophagus. Plus food isn’t as completely digested.

        Reply
    • October 19, 2019 at 6:58 am
      Permalink

      Rhonda, I also have been trying to read as much as I can about herbal remedies, essential oils for our medical needs. My husband has stomach problems and they prescribed Zantac. They are recalling the Zantac right now, so trying to get him to try other things. We have an essential oil that we use for some tummy problems, but I am going to research the Meadowsweet that you recommend.

      Reply
  • October 3, 2019 at 8:16 am
    Permalink

    I’m not an herbalist, but do believe in home grown remedies. I keep a bunch of homeopathic herbal teas on hand, turmeric spice for joints, ground ginger & mint for tummy, and a bunch of Vicks or generic brands for colds, but I’ve heard dry mustard plasters are what they used to use instead. I’ve also heard cayenne pepper is good for stopping bleeding even when just sprinkled on a cut. Although my mom drank some in a tall glass of water when hemorrhaging after giving birth to my brother at home and quit bleeding out, my sister freaked out when I suggested taking it to another family member. Wonder if you could find any more research on the usefulness of cayenne pepper? Thanks for all you do!

    Reply
    • October 3, 2019 at 11:02 am
      Permalink

      Hi Estina, I remember my mom putting a mustard plaster on my dad’s chest because he had pneumonia (I’m guessing all these years later). I wrote a post on making nuts with Cayenne pepper. It’s so good. I talked a little about the health benefits. I will work on another post very soon. I stock Cayenne pepper for health issues. https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/quick-easy-healthy-spicy-nuts-recipe/ That’s a great story about your mom surviving the hemorrhaging after giving birth. I truly believe we will be going back to the surviving just like our parents and grandparents did. And it will be without BIG PHARMA. Great comment. Linda

      Reply
  • October 3, 2019 at 10:21 pm
    Permalink

    here are some things to consider candied ginger-stomach irregularities, red pepper-stops bleeding (type 2 diabetic some times bleed when getting injections stops right away ) , apple cider vinager – upset stomach , gurr, oil of oregano capsuls – colds, flu,eldiberry syrup-colds and cough,tiger balm-joint pain,bag balm melted with oil of oregano,collodial silver,myrr (apply to cuts ,ccover heals within three days better than ungenteen

    Reply
    • October 4, 2019 at 8:00 am
      Permalink

      Hi Bill, oh my gosh, thank you so much for this list!! I never thought to melt Bag Balm. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this comment! Thank you so much! Linda

      Reply
  • October 19, 2019 at 6:53 am
    Permalink

    Zantac is being recalled, so probably might find a different antacid to take like Pepcid. Love all the other ideas. Definitely printing a list of all the great ideas.

    Reply
    • October 19, 2019 at 11:56 am
      Permalink

      Hi Carla, it’s crazy the FDA approves it and now it’s being recalled. I guess the research wasn’t that good the first time. Heaven help those who have been taking it. Linda

      Reply
  • January 28, 2020 at 8:33 am
    Permalink

    Hello! Just came across this article–good one! I would like to add to your list of OTC meds: Salon Pas has fairly recently put out a new adhesive pain patch that contains 4% lidocaine, only 1% less than prescription only Lidoderm patches and far cheaper! The patches can be worn for up to 12 hours and, of course, don’t contain any narcotics. And it doesn’t smell like BenGay as do their other patches.

    Reply
  • April 12, 2020 at 8:35 pm
    Permalink

    Zantac has been removed from the market I love your list but I think it may need an update.

    Reply
    • April 13, 2020 at 5:44 am
      Permalink

      Hi Marcia, the way the FDA works I will have to update continually. Thank you, Linda

      Reply
  • May 25, 2020 at 3:53 pm
    Permalink

    Would included items for sprained ankles and such. there are instant ice packs and gauze. Also things for cuts. Like band aids, those butterfly things. First aid book. Rags. Lots of rags
    hydrogen perioxide

    Reply
    • May 25, 2020 at 4:06 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Donna, thanks for your comment. I have several lists, this is just one of many. Great comment, Linda

      Reply
  • May 26, 2020 at 6:47 am
    Permalink

    I love you blog and really appreciate all the work you put into it. IBecause of your blog I was fully prepared for this pandemic and all the groceries gone from the stores. You and me think alike about being prepared. Thank you again

    Reply
  • August 4, 2020 at 7:36 am
    Permalink

    Linda, is there a way to print out this list along with your explanations in a condensed format? THanks so very much for your diligent, caring work.

    Reply
    • August 4, 2020 at 7:49 am
      Permalink

      Hi Glenda, yes, let me know if you see the green “PRINT” button. It prints ONLY the post with ZERO ads. I just emailed it to you. Let me know if it worked, I have never emailed one to a reader. Some of my readers PRINT every post and file them so in case we lose power, they can read them. Stay well, Linda

      Reply
  • August 15, 2020 at 12:58 pm
    Permalink

    I know this is an older post, I just wanted to mention that Neosporin should no longer be the go to when treating minor skin wounds or irritation. Neosporin has been know to cause allergic reactions and super bugs. Doctors recommend that you treat with single ingredient medications like Bacitracin.

    Reply
    • August 15, 2020 at 2:52 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Lesley, wow, thanks for letting me know. I had not heard this, Linda

      Reply
    • August 15, 2020 at 2:55 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Lesley, thank you, I just added Polysporin and Bacitracin. Thank you, Linda

      Reply
  • December 22, 2020 at 5:13 pm
    Permalink

    Hi Linda, excellent list, but add children’s and infants medicine doses and bottled water. Also alcohol free cough syrups. Be cautious with sugar free candy, especially with children. Mannitol and other sweeteners used don’t disrupt blood sugar because they are excreted through the bowels, and too much results in major diarrhea. But have regular candy on hand for treats after un tasty medicine, and diabetic insulin reactions. Insulin levels are affected by not just diet (and diets get disrupted during disasters,) but unusual exercise and bio thermic stress ( keep them warm in cold/cool in heat). Also emotional stress, can affect their levels, along with injuries, illness, potential dehydration and sleep disruption. Plenty of fresh blood testing supplies, insulin (hopefully the modern shelf stable variety. If not, a method of refrigeration for it. Sanitary gloves, alcohol prep swabs.

    Reply
    • December 22, 2020 at 6:21 pm
      Permalink

      Hi MaryAnn, oh my gosh, thank you so much for your tips!! You will be such an asset where you live if a disaster hits. We need all of this information NOW before an unforeseen emergency occurs. Great stuff, Linda

      Reply
  • December 22, 2020 at 5:33 pm
    Permalink

    Hi Linda, more to add. First let me say I’m retired from nursing, with first aid, EMT, CPR Trainer, Herbal Interests, and older medical technology background. Not everything I mention is an OTC med but it’s all related. Now I have GERD and IBS and have been on everything there is for both. But currently I take Famotidine 20 mg and it works outstandingly. Best solution I’ve ever had and no problems. It’s available OTC as Pepcid AC by trade name and generic equivalent brands at 10 mg, that dose works for many people, but 2 tabs gives the full prescription strength. Currently the prescription strength 20mg is off the market for reformulation, so I’ve been taking 2 10 mg tabs for 3+ years with good effect. Occasionally I still get heartburn if I take Ibuprofen too much. But some Tums chewables work for that. Tums are good to stockpile. They are a great source of calcium, too. Get off that stuff you are on, it’s nasty! MA

    Reply
    • December 22, 2020 at 6:25 pm
      Permalink

      Hi MaryAnn, thank you for these great tips, this is a great addition to my post. I really pray that people stash items they need before a major disaster. If the stores or pharmacies are closed to major power outages or whatever, they need to have items they use on a regular basis. Linda

      Reply
      • December 23, 2020 at 8:53 pm
        Permalink

        Hi Linda, looked at some of your other blog entries, and grabbed that recipe for M&M bars. Great blog, I cast a vote for you too. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Here’s to 2021 being the year we get on top of Covid and maybe able to see some extended family for next years family holidays! MA

        Reply
        • December 24, 2020 at 7:33 am
          Permalink

          Hi MaryAnn, you are so nice!! Thank you! I agree let’s move onto 2021! Merry Christmas! Linda

          Reply
      • March 21, 2022 at 1:01 pm
        Permalink

        Hi Linda, IBS is a bear, isn’t it? I had an elderly GI Specialist until last year when he retired. He recommended the strongest Probiotic I could find, plus a Prebiotic. I buy both on Amazon. Probiotic the highest number of colonies you can find, the Prebiotic powder is from a company named Hyperbiotic and named simply Prebiotic., it’s a canister of powdered fibers that help feed and nurture your gut flora. So it keeps at a higher level. Probiotic supplies the flora, the Prebiotic helps it grow and flourish. But you need to continue both permanently.. Have you got a GI Specialist? If you haven’t one I think you should get a consult. They are best able to settle it down. If you haven’t had a recent colonoscopy, you should ask about getting one. Just in case it’s more than just IBS. You might have colitis, an inflammation of your bowel or diverticulitis, a different type of bowel problem, that is also an inflammation in your bowels.You should also ask about a prescription acid reducer.. My Liver Specialist recently upped mine to Nexium. You can get it on Amazon but it’s wickedly expensive, my GI wrote a prescription and saves a lot of money. Now things you can do for yourself. If your blessed with the diarrhea form of IBS try Miralax it’s an OTC fiber that beats constipation, but adding fiber to your diet can help lessen diarrhea by sucking up liquid in the bowel, it’s supposedly more gentle than many fiber products. The trade name is pretty expensive, but there might be a generic by now. If money is an issue, there is always Metamucil. I’m positive has to be a generic by now. It’s pretty gentle too. Another big part of my plan that helps is a bowl of oatmeal every morning, I mash a banana and a half cup of yogurt(plain or vanilla, nonfat). We use cinnamon, Pumpkin pie spie, Apple Pie Spice, and Allspice, to add some flavor. BTW cinnamon can help with diarrhea, and pumpkin is very effective. As we age we can become sensitive to milk, I was born that way. I can manage yogurt, and cottage cheese , also goat cheese. You could try goats milk, it’s a different enzyme so many sensitive people can drink it. Then you coutry

        Reply
        • March 21, 2022 at 1:57 pm
          Permalink

          Hi Mary Ann, thanks for the information on IBS. I have never had to deal with stomach issues, thank goodness. I’m so sorry to hear you have to take medications to alleviate the problem. I oatmeal with cinnamon! Linda

          Reply
    • March 21, 2022 at 11:47 am
      Permalink

      Mary Ann, I have had IBS for the last 35 years. What was once a flare up twice a year is now every other week. All doctors want to do is order more tests. I have been taking IBGARD every other day which appears to be lessening the severity of the flare ups. What can I do?

      Reply
  • November 9, 2021 at 7:30 am
    Permalink

    Yuppers it’s not that the shelves are empty as much as it is there’s only 3-4 in stock at most.
    We were actually getting the wife’s vitamins for the next several months when we took pics and noticed it all in all the stores. In fact we had to visit several stores to get it done.
    I know most of y’all ain’t agricultural folks so don’t forget Atwood’s, Tractor Supply and other ranch stores. Especially on antibiotics and wound care stuff. It might not be the same but it’s sure better than being without.

    Reply
    • November 9, 2021 at 9:41 am
      Permalink

      Hi Matt, you are the reason I republished this post. I’ve been so busy packing and moving I hadn’t been to the store to check on stuff. I’m glad you let me know how sparse the shelves are. I had to do a double-take because there were so many empty spots and less than 2 items per slot. Thanks for the tip on the stores! Linda

      Reply
      • November 9, 2021 at 10:07 am
        Permalink

        Ranch supply stores are a great source for many items and most of the time, less expensive. Coban for “humans” is pricey, “Coban” for horses, not so much! Lots of pretty colors, too. Canning supplies, seeds, dehydrators, tools, other equipment-available at ranch supply stores. I shop there quite a bit for specific items. It’s a great, underutilized resouce.

        Reply
  • November 9, 2021 at 7:44 am
    Permalink

    Hi Linda,
    Here is another tip for the diaper rash. Original Mylanta brand, even Original generic brands work, are great for severe diaper rash. Not the mentholated ones, only original.
    Helps with discomfort and cures it. Gideon’s doctor recommended it.
    Love your article! I can’t find the stars to click on them.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Jackie

    Reply
    • November 9, 2021 at 9:59 am
      Permalink

      Hi Jacqueline, you are so cute, thank you for your kind words. I think the 5 stars may be for just recipes, not sure. Great tip on the Mylanta for diaper rash, that’s a much-needed item. Hugs, Linda

      Reply
  • November 9, 2021 at 9:28 am
    Permalink

    During October I had Covid and had to isolate. I was so glad that with the symptoms that I had – extreme headache, dry cough, congestion, joint aches and pains, exhaustion – there were OTC solutions or relief for a few hours at least. I also always have homemade chicken bone broth in the freezer. So with things that I have stocked for several years now, I could make meals without going to the store. The Covid smell and taste symptom was hard – my coffee didn’t taste right no matter what I did to it!!! – lasted only a couple of weeks. So even something like Covid can be a disaster if not prepared for it. Also, I am a caregiver for my husband with dementia, and the only driver in the household.

    Reply
    • November 9, 2021 at 10:03 am
      Permalink

      Hi Carol, oh my gosh, I’m so glad you got through Covid! Isn’t it a blessing you had the items you needed that were OTC meds and the chicken bone broth??? Being a caregiver to your sweet husband and being sick at the same time would have been rough. The coffee, glad the taste came back, my friend. Glad you’re okay! Hugs, Linda

      Reply
  • November 9, 2021 at 11:49 am
    Permalink

    Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any OTC meds. If you have high blood pressure, it can hurt you. My dear FIL had Congestive heart failure and allergies. He took some decongestant meds and it made him have a heart attack and he didn’t make it. Please, please, please check before taking if you have heart issues.

    Hubby and I both have heart issues.

    Reply
    • November 9, 2021 at 1:05 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Deborah, great comment, anyone with high blood pressure must be so careful with OTC medications and even certain foods. Hopefully, people will read the boxes or contact their medical professional before taking any drugs. That’s so sad about your FIL, drug interactions are REAL, I’m so sorry. Linda

      Reply
      • November 9, 2021 at 2:39 pm
        Permalink

        Just another reason to be careful what and how much you take. It was sad, but it was many many years ago. He told his wife he loved her and squeezed her hand. He never woke up. She called us around 9am. We got there and called the ambulance. They finally got there and loaded hi in the ambulance. They sat there for a long time. He was having a heart attack in the ambulance. They were waiting for someone to come and drive the ambulance so the two EMTs could take care of him. He flew in Life Flight to a bigger hospital, and was brain dead. Machines were keeping him alive. The family were all called and the decision was made to pull the plug. Let me tell you, it was awful to watch and hear. It sounded like he was gasping for breath. It’s something I’ll never forget. It was just horrible!

        Reply
        • November 9, 2021 at 3:09 pm
          Permalink

          Hi Deborah, oh my gosh, that is so sad. What a sad story to remember. I worked at a children’s hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah called Primary Children’s hospital many many years ago. I still can’t get the pictures of what I saw out of my mind while working there. I took the first RED PHONE (life Flight coming) call when Life Flight Started there. The Doctor I remember the most was Dr. Walker, Life Flight was a great operation. We see a lot in our lives and hopefully, we remember more of the better moments! Linda

          Reply
          • November 10, 2021 at 7:05 am
            Permalink

            Linda, he died December 18. His oldest daughter, Larry’s sister, died on December 23. Needless to say, Christmas is sad as well as happy.

          • November 10, 2021 at 8:23 am
            Permalink

            Oh, Deborah, that is even sadder having them die around the holidays. Linda

  • November 9, 2021 at 12:08 pm
    Permalink

    39. Temparin Lost Filling Repair–a TEMPORARY fix until you can see a dentist
    40. Calamine Lotion–skin rash
    41. Garlic Capsules–
    42. Red Yeast Rice Capsules–41 & 42 are used for cholesterol without the side effects of statins.

    Reply
    • November 9, 2021 at 12:52 pm
      Permalink

      HI JoEllen, thank you, I’m adding these to the list right now. Thank you, Linda

      Reply
  • November 9, 2021 at 1:28 pm
    Permalink

    Linda:

    I get my OTC medicine (most of it) from a company called Swanson. We get all our vitamins (most of them) there also. The Homeopathic medicine covers a lot of areas. and the run anywhere from $4.99 to about $6.00 for a bottle of 100 tablets. The link is https://www.swansonvitamins.com/ Anyone wanting to try them can give them my name and they will get a coupon off their order. We like these Medinanatura Homeopathy because they don’t leave you wanting to sleep all day. We also like the Hylands Leg Cramp medicine. We can take that when we get leg cramps and especially at night we don’t have a problems sleeping all night through

    Reply
    • November 9, 2021 at 3:11 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Jackie, thank you for the link on the vitamins, we can all save money when purchasing items. Life is good when we can save money and get quality items at the same time. Linda

      Reply
    • November 12, 2021 at 12:17 pm
      Permalink

      You won’t need any acid indigestion, heartburn, nausea meds if you have crystallized ginger. I had acid reflux/heartburn badly for years until I found this..instant relief. Great price at Mennonite/Amish stores.
      For crucial cases, Black Cohosh.

      And nu-skin works amazingly–I used it when bowling!!

      Cayenne pepper stopped the bleeding instantly when I sliced a huge gap on my thumb using mandolin slicer…live and learn, huh. I had it for Gene’s shaving mishaps and remembered it. A lifesaver.

      When I started Black Cohosh for nighttime heat flashes(very minor) I realized the acid reflux I’d suffered for years stopped…..AND THE LEG CRAMPS AT 2 IN THE MORNING STOPPED…gone forever; never happens now. I always maintain a years supply.

      Reply
  • November 9, 2021 at 7:25 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks for re-posting this… I almost mentioned the omeprazole caution again but it appears I did once before! I’ll add that taking a ginger capsule with a meal can also help with GERD and/or heartburn.

    The Epsom salts can also be used either as a soak or as a poultice to help draw out an infection or abscess. (You wouldn’t believe it, I once mentioned poulticing something to a *doctor*–and she’d never heard of such a thing!!)

    I didn’t happen to see plain old liquid iodine. It does still work on wounds, but where I use it most now is as a decongestant and possible antiviral. You take a small container (mine is a probably antique half-pint school milk bottle!), add 1/2 to 1 inch of sea salt or Himalayan salt, and 2-3 drops of iodine. Shake it up. Then simply hold the bottle under your nose (possibly pressing one nostril closed at a time) and take several deep sniffs. You don’t actually inhale the actual salt or iodine, of course, just air, but the idea is that the atomized iodine in that air helps clear your head. It also is supposed to help kill any viruses that may have gotten into your nasal passages. I’ve used it not just during cold or allergy season–but fairly regularly over the last year for obvious reasons! It really does open the breathing.

    And, I’d also add a couple of bottles of inexpensive vodka and also of vegetable glycerin. Both can be used for making home remedies–tinctures with the vodka (such as willow bark tincture to replace aspirin) or glycerites (such as the meadowsweet remedy for heartburn/GERD).

    Reply
    • November 9, 2021 at 7:26 pm
      Permalink

      Oh, with the salt/iodine–the same bottle/salt can be re-used indefinitely, with a cap on it. Just add a couple drops of iodine and shake it again to refresh it.

      Reply
    • November 10, 2021 at 8:22 am
      Permalink

      HI Rhonda, I felt strongly I needed to repost this one with some new stuff added. I love love love your comment! Linda

      Reply
  • November 10, 2021 at 6:44 am
    Permalink

    Hi, Linda. Do you have these products in an easy-to copy list form like your green and blue pantry item lists? Golly, that would be handy.

    Thanks for all your work on the public’s behalf.

    Reply
    • November 10, 2021 at 8:16 am
      Permalink

      Hi Glenda, oh that’s a great idea. Let me work on that. I hire a girl that makes them for me. Love it! Linda

      Reply
  • November 13, 2021 at 4:49 pm
    Permalink

    Linda,

    If you live anywhere near poison ivy or sumac you want Zanifel. It actually washes the urushiol toxin off your skin, relieving itch in as little as 30 seconds. Where was this stuff when I was a kid? It beats Calamine lotion, which I also didn’t see on your list.

    Reply
    • November 13, 2021 at 5:38 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Ray, wow, that’s good to know. I never thought Calamine lotion worked. Was it the chickenpox itchy moments? LOL! It didn’t work!! I need to order some of that Zanifel, I better add it to the list, thank you, my friend! Linda

      Reply
  • March 21, 2022 at 2:19 pm
    Permalink

    Hi Linda, This part 2 on the IBS problem. Plant based milks you could try, Almond Milk (high in Magnesium, lower in calories), Rice Milk (fortified and very tasty to newbies (Rice Dream), I haven’t tried the American Products but I had a large glass at a Chinese DimSum Restaurant, they served it warm, it was really tasty nice nightcap. You could try an Anti Inflammatory Diet, Start all at once IBS is an inflammation as are Colitis, and Diverticulitis, after things have settled down, you could introduce back some of your favorites. There are several books I’ve seen on Amazon. BTW, if you eat sugar free gum and candy, they can cause diarrhea all by themselves. So can artificial sweeteners in some people. That leads me to Type 2 Diabetes. Do you have it? If so are you taking Ozempic? Or Trulicity to help regulate A1C/ blood sugar? That’s a major side effect of Ozempic for certain, and I’m suspecting Trulicity as well. It helps to retard glucose absorption by forcing excess sugar to go undigested directly to the bowel to be excreted. Now a major thing you need to do is force fluids, drink plenty of water, ginger tea, mint tea, seltzer, keep your sugar intake down for now, it can also cause diarrhea if in excess. Keep a watchful I on your temperature, an elevation can be your first indicator of dehydration, if it gets higher you are going the wrong direction. Drink more fluids. Drink as often as possible, if you start getting unsteady, dizzy, or feeling faint. They you need IV fluids. Go to the ER. As far as antidiarrheals there is Imodium (add that to your stockpile list) I get really bad cramping abdominal pains and gas when I take 2. But you might have better luck. If not ask for prescription Lomotil. It slows the intestine down and helps quiet the pains from diarrhea. If you start getting painful down there and or open areas, use a thickish layer of Desitin or any other good diaper cream. Warm baths are helpful too. Or warm sitz baths. ( BTW add diaper cream, Eucerin Cream, and Bag Balm to your list.) And cases of Vaseline, Lots of Teflon Lubricant, and tons of WD40. Vaseline has many uses besides on the human body. You could add growing an Aloe Vera plant constantly. Whether Homesteader or Prepper , it has a slew of uses. Bottle of Alcohol at various strengths, Hydrogen Peroxide, Witch Hazel, There is an ointment I use, it’s called Antibiotic Ointment with Pain Relief. It has enough ump to ease a bee sting, scratches including cat scratches, small burns, skinned knees, I’ve used it on road rash when Steve got run off the road by a nasty driver. He came home scraped and scratched ankle to knee ,from falling off his bike and sliding along the shoulder. I cleaned it up coated it with the ointment, and a little while later, he was walking around, with barely any discomfort. Bacitracin is alright for adults, but this stuff is great for the little children. I cover with a bandaid or dressing so it stays on longer. Honey can be used for ulcers and wounds after age too. It has antimicrobial properties. That ointment is marvelous for dry cracked cuticles and hang nails. They are such a painful nuisance. Well I’m going to close this 2 part epistle. I hope you start feeling better soon. I included everything I could think of because every case of IBS is different and I don’t know where you are on the Spectrum. Chose what you think will help. Love, MA

    Reply
    • March 21, 2022 at 5:56 pm
      Permalink

      Hi MaryAnn, I do not have IBS, my friend. That would be tough to live with, I’m sure. Great information you have shared, thank you, my friend. I love it! Linda

      Reply
    • March 21, 2022 at 7:37 pm
      Permalink

      Ok . But it’s good information to have on that anyways, you might find someone else who needs it.

      Reply
      • March 21, 2022 at 8:17 pm
        Permalink

        Hi MaryAnn, thank you, I know it will help many people. Thank you for all the information. I love it! Linda

        Reply
  • March 21, 2022 at 3:08 pm
    Permalink

    Hi Linda, I was just rereading the list and notice the Milk of Magnesia. It works well, I’ve used it when absolutely needed. But did you know it doesn’t store well over a long period. Magnesium Citrate tablets have the same function. They are OTC and can be stored for long periods. Even if they break down to powder, the powder can be measured into a glass of water, cold water. ⅛teas, ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon. Etc It is potent, so go easy and force fluids to help it work better. This is for Preppers and Survivalists for the long term storage they prefer. Also add denture repair kits to the list, ace wraps and athletic strapping tape to this to the list, if not on it.should. People should save medical medical equipment. I have crutches, two canes, a Walker,, an excellent cast boot for both legs. Keep any splints you have, gauze wraps and dressings, slings, and tape, everything needed to care for a serious injury like a severe sprain or closed fracture. First books are also good to have on hand, for reference. In the event of a severe blizzard, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, major flood, or other serious disaster, you need to be prepared to go 78 hours or longer before First Responders can reach you. You need to be self reliant to last that long..

    Reply
    • March 21, 2022 at 5:59 pm
      Permalink

      Hi MaryAnn, I love this comment! I have been thinking about writing a post about these very items. Great comment! Linda

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.