Sunday, August 8, 2010

Keep necessary meds on hand

It's always best to keep some medical stuff -- meds and equipment -- on hand for all those times of sudden need.

Medications that should be kept on hand:
- allergy medications -- diphenhydramine, cetirizine
- pain medications -- paracetamol/acetaminophen, mefenamic acid, ibuprofen
- oral rehydration solutions -- for diarrhea episodes
- antacids
- emergency heart and blood pressure lowering medications for people with heart ailments -- consult your doctor for this
- iodine based wound cleaning solution

Equipment and supplies: You should also learn how to use these --
- first aid kit with gauze, scissors, tape
- ice pack
- thermometer - to check for fever
- blood glucose tester - especially for diabetics
- oxygen tank
- nebulizer - especially for those asthma
- pulse oximeter -- optional but helpful for those who have problems with oxygen saturation
- blood pressure monitor

Of course, the needs would vary from family to family. Do check what your family needs and keep the necessary meds and equipment ready anytime problems would arise.

1 comment:

Intrigued.shesays said...

Wow. All I have is Panadol in my family household. Seems like I should consider heading out to the local pharmacy.

Until then.

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