Prescription Medication

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  1. nytegeek

    nytegeek New Member
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    Should I include prescription medications in my survival kit? What is the best way to stockpile them for emergencies? Are there ways to get insurance to pay for an emergency supply of medications nessacary for survival like insulin?
     
  2. willywonka

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    I am on antidepressants and I wonder about this all of the time. I know that if I were to quit my pills cold turkey I would be sick for at least two weeks and it would take time for my body to sort it out. How would I survive? I have thought about saving a few pills here and there and skipping a few days that way I at least have some to spare.
     
  3. explorerx7

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    I am considering that prescription items are issued on a needs basis, therefore, they would be issued for immediate use. Some prescriptions need to be stored under certain conditions for them to be effective. So I don't how possible it is for most prescription items to be stockpiled. When the have been issued to individuals for instant use which is why the prescription had been issued in the first place and there would be the danger of some of them losing effectiveness because of improper storage conditions.
     
  4. nytegeek

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    I have 20 different prescriptions that I need daily. 2 of them are insulins. They aren't temporary or for instant use, that wasn't what I was talking about. The bulk of prescriptions are for recurring use anyway. The Insulins I use are good for over a year if unopened and refrigerated. The other 18 are pills that can be held at room temperature for a year or more. You will find this to be the case with most prescription medications that are pills for oral administration. There are of course specific medications with varied requirements but in general it is safe to stockpile. They are not usually issued for instant use. They usually come in 30 or 60 day or even 90 day amounts between refills.
     
  5. crimsonghost747

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    If you need those meds, then those would be among the first things I'd put in my survival kit. I don't know how the prescription system works in your country but here it's pretty hard to cheat, so you'll have a hard time stockpiling those ones that you use on a constant basis. If you get 60 days worth of meds you could probably put a months worth in your bag and go get more once the ones not in your bag run out. Of course then you'd only get more for 30 days as you still have 30 days left, but at least you'd have an extra month stashed up. Again depends on how the system works and the amount of meds in a single package.
     
  6. Ashton_XIII

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    I take 1 75mg Effexor daily. If I skip 2 days, I start to go into withdrawal and start getting symptoms that effect my concentration and could get me killed in a wrong circumstances. BUT, it's not a medication I need to live. What I have personally done is researched how to safely come off the drug myself. I have the "tapered down" supply in my BOB. So if SHTF, I can still function enough to get myself off the meds completely. Fortunately, I have no meds that I need to survive, like insulin. If it's something you can live without, keep enough to get yourself off the meds. If it IS a med you need to live, then stockpile as much as you can. But, synthetic insulin will not be produced if most of the world is dead or in chaos. So, chances of you living past a year without the meds, are slim.
     
  7. OursIsTheFury

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    Broad spectrum antibiotics would be great in case of emergency. Broad spectrum means you can at least take down general infection, and it's rather common over the counter. It's not as effective as more direct and specific meds against infection, but then again odds of you getting the correct one specifically and having the cure stored in your kit is very unlikely. Best go for the broad approach and see if that will help. Odds are higher that it will.
     
  8. lonewolf

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    antibiotics are not available OTC here in the UK, they are only available by prescription and you should take the whole course therefore stockpiling is not an option.
     
  9. operator6

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    I live in a hurricane zone and I'm lucky enough to know my physicians personally.

    I simply asked for an extra script and it was given after I explained why I wanted it.
     
  10. lonewolf

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    normal repeat prescriptions from our family doctor aren't a problem, but antibiotics have been widely over prescribed in the UK and we now have bugs that are resistant to anti biotics, and doctors will not prescribe them without an illness that requires them. no ifs no buts.
     
  11. texsun54

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    I take a beta blocker daily, but I get 90 day supply with each refill and I can stop taking them as long as I taper off, so not a big concern. I have rarely taken antibiotics, and have good resistance to infection, but those that have taken them a lot throughout life are going to be dependent on them somewhat. Your prepping plan should include good diet and keeping your immune system strong at all times.
     
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