5 Medicines Must-Haves For Emergencies
Posted on April 20, 2014 | Author and Reviewed by: Mark Ernest Del Rosario, RPh
When someone among your family or friends gets sick, the ideal response is to bring them to the doctor so the problem is immediately solved. But if a situation doesn’t permit you to, it is a common situation to have to administer personal and widely accepted methods of medical care to minor ailments before you bring them to a doctor. **If it is serious/life-threatening, please take them to a medical facility immediately**
Here are 5 medications you must have in your personal emergency kit at all times:
Headaches are minor nuisances, to say the least. If every you find your head throbbing in the middle of the day, take an aspirin tablet to relieve the pain. A good night’s sleep might just to do the trick after work. If the pain still continues after a few days, consult your physician immediately.
If ever you do get a mild fever, you can’t just brush that off with only water. At the very least, have 12 paracetamol tablets and a bottle of liquid paracetamol in your kit. Why the two variants? You never know when your child will also get a fever. It’s better to have medicine for fever and headache prepared for you little ones as well. When it comes to the tablet form, be sure to take 1 every 4 hours. If the fever persists after 3 days, then you go to the doctor.
Aside from the fact that ibuprofen also deals with fever, ibuprofen is an effective anti-inflammatory painkiller that reduces muscle aches and sprains (muscle pain is one of its symptoms). Take note of this medicine, women, you’ve got to carry this in your bags as well because it greatly relieves period pain.
Gotten sudden flesh wounds that bleed? It is a must for you to carry antiseptics to stop blood loss and start healing the wound. There are 3 kinds of antiseptic solutions you may use: isopropyl alcohol, betadine, and hydrogen peroxide.
With isopropyl alcohol (or rubbing alcohol), you might feel a painful sting the moment the solution comes in contact with the wound, but that’s a sign that it’s working. Rubbing alcohol instantly kills all bacteria upon contact.
Hydrogen peroxide doesn’t sting as much when applied. A sign of it working are bubbles that froth on the wounded area. That means it is cleaning the bruise/eradicating the microbes.
Betadine is the least painful of the two, but it leaves a brownish-red stain on the skin due to its color and viscosity.
5. Maintenance Meds
And lastly, no matter the ailment you’re suffering from, be sure to bring the corresponding medicine for it. This advice is for your own protection. Having your condition acting up without the right medication will definitely put your friends and family in a very sticky situation.
What other medicines do you think you should have in your med kit? Share your insights in the comments section below.