Loperamide, commonly sold under the names Imodium, Imodium A-D, Anti-Diarrheal, Diamode, is an essential survival medicine that you should probably pretty much always have with you.
The thing is, when you are traveling, or even going about your daily life in any kind of community, urban, suburban, or even country, if a natural disaster were to strike, one of the first killers might be water contamination. For this is definitely something you should have in your survival first aid stash, and lots of it if you can.
But it is also crucial for your everyday carry, because, as we said, you never know when you might get caught away from home, or stranded somewhere in the midst of a crisis, and find yourself in a situation where you are unsure of the water quality.
The thing is, the dehydration caused by diarrhea, which can develop after exposure to e. Coli or other harmful contaminants in the water, will kill you very fast if you do not have access to clean drinking water or sanitary conditions. Disease is always the biggest killer in any massive disaster, which most commonly is spread through the water sources. Hospitals are taxed or inoperable, people don’t have places to sleep or practice proper hygiene, and sickness and subsequent death spread. It’s a horrific way to die, and the harsh reality of the risks of a large-scale disaster.
Loperamide works by drastically slowing down your digestive system, so that it essentially retains the hydration you desperately need to survive, and also reducing your chances of spreading disease.
You can take Loperamide preemptively if you suspect you might be exposed to contaminated water, although don’t take it regularly, as you can build up a resistance to it that will render it ineffective when you really need it.
But most definitely carry it with you for when that time comes.
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