Prescription meds are tricky. If you need a prescription medication to function on a daily basis, i.e. – keep yourself alive, it must be included. Most types of ailments that these medications are prescribed for are for chronic diseases (recurrent or long lasting).
“Once in a While” Medications: I have a prescription medication, but I don’t need it on a daily basis. It’s an Epi-Pen. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this product, it’s a portable shot of epinephrine I carry around with me at all times. In the past few years I’ve had several attacks with severe hives, and swelling of my face and throat. Without epinephrine, I wouldn’t be alive. (Side note: What am I allergic too? My allergist and I have no clue. It’s unpredictable. Hooray!) You bet I’m packin’ one of those suckers in my emergency kit. If I have time during an emergency, I’m grabbing my back up from my nightstand.
Other types of “once in a while” medications would include inhalers for asthma, insulin shots, or medication for epileptic seizures. Anything you need, but not necessarily on a regular basis, in order to live.
Daily Medications: My father takes medication to regulate his blood pressure. This is another situation in which this type of medication needs to be available at all times. Its something he needs on a daily basis, and that won’t change in an emergency.
Other medications of this nature might include blood thinners, oral diabetic medication, thyroid hormone pills etc.
In these situations, a daily medication or a “once in a while” medication, both are needed to sustain life and must be considered when planning for an emergency. Depending on the type of medication you need, there are several things you can do to have some on hand.
- Talk to your doc and see if you can get an extra prescription for a few days worth filled to include in your emergency kit.
- If you already have extra, include it in your pack now. Go. Now……
- If your meds have to be refrigerated, then (depending on your emergency) you can grab it on your way out. Put a note on your pack to “GRAB MEDS” so you’ll remember.
- Be sure to store them in their original packaging, with instructions that are included incase your incapacitated. That way someone will be aware of your condition if you’ve missed a dose, or what medications you may have in your system.
- Again – beware of expiration dates. Especially for these life saving medications.
Hear, hear for medication!