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Emergency Preparation and
Prescription Drugs

by Nikki Willhite


prescription medicine

Those who want to prepare for food and water shortages can easily food and water. These shortages can happen for a number of reasons.


Not so easy to have on hand is a little extra prescription medication. Also, sometimes medicine requires refrigeration, which can be problematic even for short power outages.


However, there are some steps you can take to build up an emergency supply of the prescription medications you take on a regular basis. Just remember that you must rotate your medicine to keep it fresh.




1. Split your pills. If your medication can be cut in half, ask your doctor to prescribe a higher dose than you need. This saves money too, as you can cut them in half and use them twice as long. Your pharmacy thinks you need the higher dose, so it is very easy to order them early and set some aside.


2. Use less. Be careful with this one, but if you can occasionally do without a pill, set it aside for future emergency use.


3. Keep old prescriptions. When the doctor changes the dose on a medication, which often happens with thyroid pills, keep the old medication. This isn't an ideal situation, but in an emergency you can use them and it will be better than nothing.


4. This is what I call the "last resort" collection of extra medication. If you have an accident, like spilling your medication in your purse, you can call your pharmacy or doctor, and they will replace it. Then you will have extra pills. You have to follow your own moral compass on this one.


No one like to think about not having needed medication should something go wrong. However, with a little advance preparation, you can feel a little more secure.


About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!







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