Happening trip quickly? Or anticipating the top of the world, maybe?
Who would not quite be ready than make a visit to the ER or drugstore? Are you able to even discover a health care provider or pharmacy the place you are going?
If I moved to a desert island, what medication would I, a household doctor, take with me? It is one thing I’ve contemplated through the years. It is easy to say what I would not deliver – no ldl cholesterol medication, no food plan medicine, no wrinkle cream.
What’s actually needed? What’s actually helpful?
To make issues easy I am going to keep on with medication out there inexpensively over-the-counter. That is one other approach of claiming, what must you hold in your medication cupboard? Or tackle a cruise?
Since I may need a toothache or headache or damage myself, I might deliver alongside one thing for ache – in all probability two issues: ibuprofen (generic Motrin or Advil, underneath $10 for 500 caplets) and acetaminophen (generic Tylenol, about $four for 100), in case the ibuprofen bothered my abdomen.
Anticipating a food plan of bananas and coconuts would possibly irritate my abdomen, I might ensure I introduced meclizine for nausea, ranitidine or famotidine for heartburn, and loperamide for diarrhea (cheap generics for Bonine, Zantac, Pepcid and Imodium, respectively, every underneath $10). I might deliver generic Tums, too, for fast reduction of acid indigestion and to assist my bones, since there in all probability would not be any cows round and chewing seashells is difficult on my enamel. The meclizine would additionally come in useful for any sea-sickness or car-sickness alongside the best way.
I’d get a paper reduce from a palm leaf, so would pack a tube of bacitracin to forestall an infection. On the off likelihood of poison ivy I might hold a tube of hydrocortisone 1% (generic Cortaid 10) readily available. And simply in case there have been any fungus round to trigger ringworm or athlete’s foot, I might deliver a tube of clotrimazole (generic Lotrimin) as properly.
And since I might seemingly have allergic reactions to the native vegetation, I might deliver diphenhydramine (generic Benadryl) for bedtime use (additionally helps insomnia) and loratadine for morning use (both additionally helps hives or itching).
I suppose I might need to be within the water to catch fish at times, so would deliver a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to rinse my ears (50:50 combine, water and hydrogen peroxide) in the event that they began getting sore (swimmer’s ear).
And since my food plan won’t be very best, I might take a yr’s price of cheap nutritional vitamins with me for about $10.
Oops! Virtually forgot the sunscreen – I might want no less than an SPF 15 or greater till I bought tanned. Higher deliver a guide on natural medication as properly, in case I am stranded longer than every week or two – and a photo voltaic charger for my cellular phone.
Now, I am able to go.
Copyright 2010 Cynthia J. Koelker, MD