Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are extremely popular. That’s because you don’t need a prescription for them, there’s a huge variety of them, and most of them are pretty dang effective.However, when you think about it, OTC meds are also going to be the first things to go in an SHTF scenario. As people flock to the grocery stores and empty the aisles of their contents, it’s likely all of these will be gone in a matter of hours.As such, it’s important to stock up on the essential OTC meds now in order to be ready for a crisis. But not just ANY OTC meds will do…there are certain essentials that are necessary for most survival situations. And you don’t want to forget about them.
4 Essential Over-The-Counter Meds For SHTF Situations
Painkillers and Fever Reducers
This is one of the most common OTC’s and is one of the most useful. If you sustain an injury in an emergency, you’re going to need the painkillers’ anti-inflammatories to kick in.
Not to mention, fever reducers can be essential for helping you feel better if you come down with a sickness.
OTCs like Aspirin and Ibuprofen can be wonderful in a crisis – especially since your joints and muscles will be aching. After all, you’ll likely be moving around a heck of a lot more than normal. Not to mention, Aspirin is great for preventing heart attacks, and for helping you maintain good heart health.
Be sure to stock up on kid-friendly painkillers if you plan on bringing little ones.
You can bet it’s going to be difficult to sleep in an emergency situation. With so much stress, worry, anxiety, panic and sleep deprivation it’s unlikely you’ll be able to comfortably get some ZZZ’s without a sleep aid.
These are one of the most crucial to pack in your bug out bag. After all, most everyone knows what they’re like when operating under a bad night of sleep – and it ain’t pretty.
Everyone’s diet is bound to change once SHTF. Not only will you likely be digging into that long-term survival food stockpile, but you may have to eat far less than you’re used to.
In both cases, your body won’t be accustomed to the change, and you’ll likely be losing out on a lot of important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as a result.
As such, a daily multivitamin can drastically increase your body’s absorption of these nutrients, thereby making you feel better and more effective in an emergency situation. These extra vitamins can also work wonders for illness prevention – a must for disaster scenarios.
This may be surprising, but laxatives are surprisingly necessary when SHTF (pardon the pun). With all that stress, major change in diet, and sleepless nights, it’s likely our bodies will have a real hard time adjusting. As such, constipation is likely to be a given.
Few people are aware of this, but constipation is not only uncomfortable – it can also be fatal if it lasts for too long. So, do yourself a favor and stock up on these now.