Selecting appropriate medications for first aid kits

How to Stock First Aid Kit Medications

Deciding what medications to put in a first aid kit, if any, tends to be a bit harder than stocking standard supplies like gauze and bandages.

What are you likely to need? Will you use it before it expires? Is it something that is safe for everyone who uses the kit to have access to?

Medications that people sometimes keep in first aid kits include:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers and fever reducers
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antihistamines (allergy medications)
  • Antidiarrheals

Not all of these may be appropriate for your needs or situation.

This article explains the purpose of first aid kits, things to keep in mind as you consider stocking them with medications, and common medications people include.

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