Medical kit recommendations

Medical kit recommendations

In the event of a system breakdown, it’s crucial to have an adequate supply of essential medications. Here are some general recommendations for medications and supplies you should consider having on hand:

Essential Medications

  1. Prescription Medications
    • At least a 30-90 day supply of any prescription medications you or your family members regularly take.
    • Include medications for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and heart disease.
  2. Over-the-Counter Medications
    • Pain Relievers: Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin.
    • Allergy Medications: Antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl), loratadine (Claritin), or cetirizine (Zyrtec).
    • Cold and Flu Medications: Decongestants, cough suppressants, throat lozenges.
    • Stomach Remedies: Antacids, anti-diarrheal medications (loperamide), laxatives.
    • First Aid Supplies: Antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, bandages, gauze pads, adhesive tape.
    • Topical Medications: Hydrocortisone cream, antifungal creams.

Medical Supplies

  1. Basic First Aid Kit
    • Bandages, gauze, adhesive tape.
    • Scissors, tweezers, safety pins.
    • Antiseptic wipes, hydrogen peroxide.
    • Thermometer.
    • Sterile gloves.
    • Instant cold packs.
  2. Chronic Condition Supplies
    • Blood glucose testing supplies for diabetics.
    • Inhalers and spacers for asthma.
    • Blood pressure monitor.
  3. Hygiene Supplies
    • Hand sanitizer.
    • Soap.
    • Disinfectant wipes.
    • Toilet paper.
  4. Emergency Medical Supplies
    • CPR mask.
    • Tourniquet.
    • Splints.
    • Emergency blanket.

General Guidelines

  1. Inventory and Rotation
    • Regularly check expiration dates and rotate your stock to use older items first.
  2. Storage
    • Store medications in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
    • Keep medications in their original containers with labels intact.
  3. Documentation
    • Keep a list of all medications with dosages and schedules.
    • Have contact information for your healthcare providers.
  4. Training
    • Ensure that at least one person in the household knows basic first aid and CPR.

By maintaining a well-stocked supply of essential medications and medical supplies, you can better prepare for emergencies and system breakdowns, ensuring you and your family have the necessary resources to manage health needs.

Critical Prescription Medications

  1. Cardiovascular Medications
    • Blood pressure medications (e.g., beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, diuretics).
    • Heart medications (e.g., nitroglycerin, anti-arrhythmics).
  2. Diabetes Medications
    • Insulin (including syringes or insulin pens).
    • Oral hypoglycemics (e.g., metformin, sulfonylureas).
  3. Respiratory Medications
    • Asthma inhalers (e.g., albuterol).
    • Long-acting bronchodilators.
    • Steroid inhalers.
  4. Antibiotics
    • A broad-spectrum antibiotic (e.g., amoxicillin, azithromycin).
    • Antibiotic ointments for wound care.
  5. Seizure Medications
    • Anti-epileptics (e.g., phenytoin, carbamazepine).
  6. Thyroid Medications
    • Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism.
  7. Anticoagulants
    • Blood thinners (e.g., warfarin, newer anticoagulants like apixaban or rivaroxaban).
  8. Mental Health Medications
    • Antidepressants, antipsychotics, or mood stabilizers as prescribed.
  9. Pain Management
    • Prescription pain medications (e.g., opioids) if needed for chronic pain conditions.

Over-the-Counter Medications

  1. Pain and Fever Relief
    • Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin.
  2. Allergy Medications
    • Antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine, loratadine, cetirizine).
  3. Cold and Flu Medications
    • Decongestants, cough suppressants, and expectorants.
  4. Digestive Health
    • Antacids, anti-diarrheal medications (e.g., loperamide), and laxatives.

Emergency Medications

  1. Epinephrine Auto-Injector
    • For severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).
  2. Glucagon Kit
    • For severe hypoglycemia in diabetics.

Storage and Management Tips

  • Quantity: Aim to have at least a 30-90 day supply.
  • Rotation: Regularly check expiration dates and use older stock first.
  • Storage: Keep medications in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Documentation: Maintain a list of medications with dosages and schedules.
  • Access: Ensure medications are easily accessible in an emergency.

By keeping these critical medications on hand and ensuring proper storage and management, you can be better prepared for a system breakdown or other emergencies.

Commonly used antibiotics and other essential drugs that can be critical in various emergency situations.

Here’s a breakdown of their uses and why they might be important to have on hand:


  1. Amoxicillin-Clavulanate (generic Augmentin) 875/125 mg – 28 tablets
    • Uses: Treats a variety of bacterial infections, including respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and skin infections.
    • Importance: Broad-spectrum antibiotic effective against a wide range of bacteria.
  2. Azithromycin (generic Z-Pak) 250 mg – 12 tablets
    • Uses: Effective for respiratory infections, skin infections, and sexually transmitted infections.
    • Importance: Useful for patients with penicillin allergies and has a longer half-life, which allows for shorter courses of treatment.
  3. Doxycycline Hyclate 100 mg – 60 capsules
    • Uses: Treats bacterial infections, acne, and some infections caused by parasites.
    • Importance: Broad-spectrum antibiotic that also covers atypical pathogens.
  4. Metronidazole (generic Flagyl) 500 mg – 30 tablets
    • Uses: Treats anaerobic bacterial infections and certain parasitic infections.
    • Importance: Effective against a variety of anaerobic bacteria and protozoa.
  5. Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole (generic Bactrim) 800/160 mg – 28 tablets
    • Uses: Treats urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal infections.
    • Importance: Combination antibiotic with a broad spectrum of activity.

Antiparasitic and Antifungal Medications

  1. Ivermectin 12mg – 25 compounded capsules
    • Uses: Treats parasitic infections such as those caused by lice, scabies, and certain types of worms.
    • Importance: Effective against a range of parasitic infections, which can be critical in certain scenarios.
  2. Fluconazole (generic Diflucan) 150 mg – 2 tablets
    • Uses: Treats fungal infections such as yeast infections and cryptococcal meningitis.
    • Importance: Antifungal medication with broad-spectrum activity against fungal pathogens.

Other Essential Medications

  1. Ondansetron (generic Zofran) 4mg – 6 tablets
    • Uses: Prevents nausea and vomiting caused by surgery, chemotherapy, or other medical conditions.
    • Importance: Essential for managing severe nausea and vomiting, which can occur in many emergency situations.


  • Dosage and Administration: Make sure you understand the proper dosages and administration guidelines for each medication.
  • Allergies and Contraindications: Be aware of any potential allergies or contraindications for these medications within your household.
  • Storage: Store these medications in a cool, dry place, and monitor expiration dates.
  • Usage: These medications should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional to avoid misuse and potential resistance.

Having these medications on hand can provide a crucial safety net during emergencies when access to medical care may be limited.

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