Here's a starter list of OTC medications that I keep for daily use and emergencies. In a really bad situation, my stash of meds will have to last quite a while, so I buy the big bottles of the "Equate" generic brand from Wal-Mart, keep several on hand, and save big bucks over the smaller containers of brand-name drugs. I've given the regular brand names here. If anyone has any additions to make, feel free. Aspirin - anti-inflammatory, blood thinner (1-a-day keeps the cardiologist away) Motrin - pain relief, anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen) Aleve - pain relief, anti-inflammatory (naproxen sodium) Benadryl - allergy relief, sleep aid, treats mild anaphylactic shock Bacitracin - antibiotic topical petroleum jelly-based wound dressing - more effective than the "triple-antibiotic" ointment Hydrocortisone Cream - treats itching associated with mild allergic reactions and insect bites Lamisil - for athletes' foot and "jock itch" Monistat - for vaginal yeast infections Imodium - for diarrhea Dulcolax - for constipation Orajel - topical anesthetic for toothache and minor wounds Zantac 150 - for serious indigestion and gastric reflux Tums - a mild antacid and calcium supplement In addition, I keep the following, which are not available in the "Equate" brand to my knowledge: Potassium Iodate - in case of radiation exposure Vaseline - treats chapped areas of skin Oil of Clove - treats toothache OTC Motrin and Aleve are just lower dosages of the prescription drugs, so check "Where There Is No Doctor" or your PDR for proper dosage instructions. Note that I do not have (nor do I recommend) Tylenol. There are some issues of long-term use which make me rather uneasy about this drug. Upcoming posts: equipment and sources, literature, and dressings and bandages.