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Sunday, July 28, 2013

10 Emergency Medications

You might have a splitting headache from stress, upset stomach from spoiled food, caught a cold, suffer from allergies, or any number of other illnesses that can turn deadly if not treated. That’s why having basic medications like pseudoephedrine, cortisone, and ibuprofen can come in handy during a Zombie Outbreak or other emergency situation.
Many medical professionals recommend that every Emergency Kit and B.O.B. contain each of the 10 over-the-counter medications listed below. We suggest stocking generic brands whenever possible, as they work just the same, but often cost much less than their name-brand counterparts.
1. Ibuprofen – (Advil) Ibuprofen can be used to relieve headaches, earaches, sore throats, sinus pain, muscle strains, cramps, arthritis, and back pain. It’s also effective for reducing fever, and when combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol), it can be near effective a painkiller as codeine.
2. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – Acetaminophen doesn’t irritate stomachs like ibuprofen sometimes can, but it’s useful for treatment of the same basic conditions. You do have to be careful about taking too much though, especially when combined with alcohol, as it can lead to liver, kidney, and other organ failure.
3. Certiriazine (Zyrtec and Reactine) – A highly effective antihistamine, certiriazine can be used to help in the drainage of fluids from nasal allergies and respiratory infections. It will also help ease hives and itching caused by some allergens. Though rare, some users experience slight drowsiness, urinary retention, blurred vision, nightmares and stomach ache after taking a dose of certiriazine… none of which you want when you’re on the run… but then again, being without this could leave you in the same situation.
4. Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) – A non-drowsy alternate to diphenhydramine, pseudophedrine is used to relieve nasal congestion caused by allergies and colds. But like diphenhyramine, it wont treat the cause of your symptoms or quicken recovery time; it will only make things a little more bearable.
5. Loperamide (Imodium) – Available as both a tablet and liquid, loperamide is used to control diarrhea, and can be useful in relieving intestinal cramping.
6. Ranitidine (Zantac) – Used to effectively treat ulcers and heartburn, ranitidine is one of the most user-friendly and inexpensive acid-reducing medications.
7. Meclizine (Dramamine) – Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness or vertigo. Unfortunately it is most effective if taken before symptoms appear, and some users may experience slight drowsiness.
8. Hydrocortisone cream – Low-strength hydrocortisone cream can be used for temporary relief of minor skin irritations and rashes caused by insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, sumac, detergents, soaps, or eczema. This is extremely helpful if you’re traveling through wooded, brushy, or buggy areas.
9. Bacitracin ointment – Used to prevent minor skin infections caused by small cuts, scrapes, or burns. Bacitracin ointment should not be used to treat deeper wounds or infections, and may cause intense irritation if attempted. Preventing infection during a disaster situation is of the utmost importance. Wounds, no matter how small, should be treated as soon as possible.
10. Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin) An anti-fungal medication, clotrimazole can be used to treat yeast infections of the vagina, mouth, and skin such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Available as a cream, lotion, and powder, it’s easy to carry and we bet you’ll need it after walking 20 miles in a pair of wet shoes.
We know it might seem like you’ll have to carry an entire pharmacy around, but remember that these medications just might save your life, or at least make it a little easier for a time.
*We would like to remind everyone that none of us at Zombease are certified medical professionals, and the information above was gathered from outside sources. It is important that you seek the advice of a certified medical professional before making any choices that affect your health, and that you research any and all medications before using them.
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