by Nikki Willhite
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, whichcan be problematic even for short power outages.
There are some steps you can take to build up an emergency supply of the prescription medications you take on a regular basis. Remember that you must rotate your medicine to keep it fresh.
Here are some tips to set aside some medicine for emergencies. Be aware that changing your dose of medicine can sometimes be dangerous. Do your research and carefully think it through before you make any changes in your medications.
Split your pills.If your medication can be cut in half, ask your doctor to prescribe a higher dose than you need and tell him you are going to cut them in half. My doctor suggested this with one of my medications to save me money. Not only does this save money, but it is easy to set some aside and to order more medication from your pharmacy.
Be careful with this one, but with some medications you can occasionally do without a pill or cut it in half and set itaside for future emergency use.
Keep old medicationWhen 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.
If you have an accident, like spilling your medication in your purse, you can call your pharmacy or doctor, and they will replace your pills.
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.
It is also a good idea to look for natural substitution for your medicine, in case there is a long period of time when it is unavailable.