Over The Counter Meds For Survival


Survival preparedness is about a-lot of things — risk awareness, adaptability, practical skills, knowledge and know-how, a very wide array of preps, and too many other things to list here. It’s a way of life.

Having said that, one tiny slice of the preparedness pie is medications.

Here are a few ideas for meds which you may want to store ahead…

Medications should be stored in a cool, dry, and dark environment to maximize shelf life.

Disclaimer Note: Regarding the use of any medications, do your due-diligence, consult with your doctor, etc., as everyone’s circumstances are unique.

TYLENOL (Acetaminophen)

Helps aches, pains, fevers, and mild headaches. It is better for stomachs compared to other NSAIDS. It can be taken with other NSAIDS for more severe pain and makes both medications more likely to control pain. Arguably, 2 Tylenol and 2 of either: Motrin or Advil, taken together are as effective as a narcotic (consult a physician).

ADVIL / MOTRIN (ibuprofen)

An NSAID (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). NSAIDs are usually indicated for the treatment of acute or chronic conditions where pain and inflammation are present. Choose the one that you actually use now and stick with it.


Inexpensive and effective. It has been said that if someone is suspected of having a heart attack, they should chew and Aspirin as soon as possible. It is also a substitute for blood thinner.

BENADRYL (Diphenhydramine)

An antihistamine that works for allergic conditions and reactions, and can also substitute for a sedative in the right environment.


Used to prevent immune problems and scurvy long-term.


A practical supplement, particular during times when you know that your diet is not balanced like it should be (SHTF).


Tooth gel, Antibiotic ointment, etc.


Don’t overlook Non-human medicines sources in a survival situation. The fish antibiotics do work (this is not medical advice – do your due diligence).

There are lots of other over-the-counter medications, and hopefully this short list has started you thinking about it – and examining what you currently have (or need to get).