28 OTC Medications to Stockpile

(Prepper Medicine List)

At some point, you are going to need medications to treat an ailment – which is why it is so important to stockpile OTC medications in case of an emergency.

Because there are so many different types of non-prescription medications you could include in your emergency kit, I’ve decided to break them down by purpose. Then I’ll give suggestions as to which OTC meds fulfill this purpose.


This medication stops diarrhea in its tracks. Now, you don’t always want to stop diarrhea (it is your body’s way of naturally getting rid of pathogens). However, diarrhea can be deadly, and there are times that warrant Imodium.


Available as a coated gauze (powders are no longer recommended), QuickClot acts as a hemostatic agent to quickly stop bleeding on larger wounds.

Fungal creams

For fungal infections like athlete’s foot and yeast infections, you’ll want OTC meds like clotrimazole, miconazole, and butenafine hydrochloride.

Natural antibiotics

Oil of oregano, goldenseal, garlic, and berberine are good choices.

Activated Charcoal

Consume in event of poisoning. Also good for GI ailments. You can also make your own activated charcoal.

Sleeping Pills

OTC sleeping pills can be used during emergencies to help counteract anxiety and stress. I wouldn’t ever recommend them for long-term use though.