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How To Save Extra Prescription Meds For Preparedness - Here’s how to do it:

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One concern for the preparedness-minded among us is that of their prescription medications, and whether or not there are ways to accumulate extra for ‘just in case’. This is a legitimate concern for many people who rely on medications for their health, and who would like a stash of meds stored away – just like they store extra food…

Here’s how to do it:

This method may depend on the drug itself, and your insurance company, but it works… so long as you take proactive measures to make it work.

You can save up extra prescription meds by refilling as early as they will let you. They all let you refill before you literally have one pill left.

How do you find out the earliest day that you can refill your prescription?
Ask your pharmacist (they deal directly with the insurance company).
Ask (call) your insurance company. They will tell you.

Here’s an example:
Lets say you take a blood pressure medication, and you get them filled for a 90-day supply. You may discover that you can refill your prescription after 68 days – which will effectively get you 22 extra pills. See how that works?

The key is to refill on that earliest possible day rather than waiting until you’re almost out.
Lets hear your examples or ways that you’ve discovered to acquire extra prescription medications so as to build up a bit of a ‘stash’ for preparedness ‘just in case’…

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).

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