Important Medications to Keep at Home.

By berrysmotivation - March 31, 2018

When it comes to taking medications I tend to take them only when I need them and if I can do without them I'm most pleased to keep them away. Tablets are my favorites, I can’t stand needles and even if I have to prick patients daily, I still can't stand the pain or site. Last time I had a blood test done, I literally cried and 2 people had to hold me, so I wonder what will happen when I have to take intravenous or intramuscular medications. However the essence of this is to be safe, be safe and act safe. You need to have some medications at home that will be easy to reach when the need arises.

Some of them are:

Paracetamol: This people tend to overlook and down play its effect but this works for me like magic. I know people are different and so are their thresholds for pain but the first line medication for mild to moderate pain is paracetamol. Examples are headache, back aches,  mild menstrual cramps etc. This also has an antipyretic effect meaning it’s good for fever. Not forgetting that even though it is seen as a mild pain relief when taken in excess, it can lead to severe liver toxicity and can cost you your life, so take this only when you need them and the required dose only.

Ibuprofen: This has an anti-inflammatory as-well as an analgesic effect. You can take it when you have mild to moderate pain and in some cases works well in severe pain, again this depends on your pain threshold. Its inflammatory effect is also phenomenal, so with signs of inflammation like pain, redness and swelling, this should be your go to. This medication raises risks of developing peptic ulcers and kidney damage so take with food and not in excess.

Inhalers: This is for asthmatics and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The essence of having this at home cannot be overephamised as asthma is a very common condition that affects millions of people world wide and lots of people have lost their lives due to unavailability of their inhalers.

Anti-histamines: This is also very important as people have allergies that may be unknown to them. The risk of having an allergic reaction with no medication to help immediately is very risky. Allergic reactions ranges from itchy rash, swollen lips, diarrhoea, vomiting and worse case severe difficulty breathing due to swelling of your tongue or throat and this can ultimately lead to death. You can take this as soon as you sense an allergic reaction before you get to the hospital if you have to.

There are lots more to have at home. I tell people to keep mini first aid kits which should include, plasters, antiseptic wipes and creams, scissors, thermometers gloves, cotton wool etc. Do not forget to check expiry dates and side effects of any medication you have to take or any item you need to use whether or not it is for external use. Most importantly read leaflets and be very aware of what medication you are taking. Leave them in packs or labelled so you do not mix them and keep them out of reach of children. Take them only when you need to.

Be safe, Stay safe, Act safe and most importanly Stay Healthy.


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