Stock These Over-the-Counter Medications Before SHTF

One of the first things to get sold out in stores during a crisis are over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

These medications have a wide range of uses and are generally safe for most people to use, which is why they’re available without a prescription.

You might take these OTC medications for granted now, but when SHTF they could be the one thing that saves you and your family.

That’s why you need to stock up on them now while they’re still readily available.

Here are the top 5 OTC medications that every prepper should stockpile just in case a crisis happens.

Painkiller/Fever Reducer

A painkiller/fever reducer is one of the most useful over-the-counter medications you can pack.

If you injure yourself during the chaos of a crisis, the anti-inflammatory properties of these painkillers could tide you over until you get medical attention.

And if you’re suffering from an illness, the fever-reducing properties will keep you comfortable while you overcome your illness.

Aspirin or ibuprofen will ease aches and pains that will definitely intensify during a crisis. Taking aspirin can also prevent heart attacks and maintain good heart health.

If you think there might be children in your group when SHTF, make sure to pack the child-friendly version as well because the adult version is toxic to them.

Sleep Aid

You can’t make good survival decisions if you’re sleep deprived, and that’s why you should pack a sleep aid.

When SHTF, your veins will be flooded with adrenaline, making insomnia a real survival threat. Combine that with the fear and stress of an unknown situation and you’ll be lucky to catch a few hours of sleep.

With the help of a sleep aid, you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep and restore your energy for the everyday demands of survival.


Some preppers might laugh at the idea of packing laxatives for survival, but don’t be surprised if the sudden stress, and especially chronic stress over the days, weeks, or months following a crisis, leads to constipation.

Even if you’ve never experienced constipation before, you’ll want to pack laxatives anyway because constipation is often caused by sudden dietary changes in addition to extreme stress, both of which you’ll face when SHTF.

Constipation is more than just uncomfortable, it can even be fatal if it continues for too long.


During a crisis, your diet will change. You’ll probably be taking in a lot fewer calories and with a lot less nutritional value. Even if you’ve done your best to pack the best-tasting, healthiest survival food, chances are it will still be a change from your regular daily diet, and you may need to account for any nutritional gaps.

If your body doesn’t get the vital nutrients it needs, it could start to break down, leaving you vulnerable to illness and injury, and that’s the last thing you want during a crisis.

Once a crisis happens, take a good daily multi-vitamin to make sure your body has everything it needs to function properly.


Most people have mildly annoying allergies. But what happens if you have a severe allergic reaction and you can’t get proper medical help?

That’s why you should pack anti-allergy medications just in case.

Plus, you can take them to ease the effects of a bee sting even if you aren’t allergic to bees.

Do you pack any other over-the-counter medications that you think I missed? Let me know in the comments section below…your knowledge could save a fellow prepper!


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