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What options do I have for buying antibiotics?

As preppers, we want to be prepared for anything that may come our way. A reader wants to know what option she has for purchasing antibiotics.

 Hello Tess,

I have a question… antibiotics.  My hubby and I are both paramedics so we are stocked when it comes to medical, except with this. I got information from another prepper blog that I belong to about the following information.  I am curious what your thoughts on this is. 

I have spent several hours researching other options, which is to order them from another country, which I question the integrity of the medication. 

I’d appreciate any information on this. Thanks so much!

Blessings,

Dianna

 

Answer:

 

Dianna,

I have considered buying antibiotics through websites too, but do not trust the websites either.  My concern is that the meds they are selling were not stored correctly, or may have already expired.  You just never know…   I have heard from multiple websites, as well as preppers who happen to be doctors that stocking up on fish antibiotics is a way to stock up on antibiotics and are safe for human consumption.  Many fish antibiotics contain the same active ingredients as those formulated for humans.  However, there are a few considerations to keep in mind, such as using the correct dosage as to not over medicate yourself, and the differences in human metabolism vs. the metabolism rate of a fish.  Anyone who is planning on storing up fish antibiotics to use needs to do proper research, and it wouldn’t help to discuss this with a medical professional.


In an article on Survival Blog, the contributing author, who happens to be a doctor was able to purchase the below fish antibiotics online without any demand for medical license or prescription.  A paraphrase of the article and a list of the drugs are listed below. They are:

•FISH-MOX (amoxicillin 250mg)
•FISH_MOX FORTE (amoxicillin 500mg)
•FISH-CILLIN (ampicillin 250mg)
•FISH-FLEX Keflex 250mg)
•FISH-FLEX FORTE (Keflex 500mg)
•FISH-ZOLE (metronidazole 250mg)
•FISH-PEN (penicillin 250mg)
•FISH-PEN FORTE (penicillin 500mg)
•FISH-CYCLINE (tetracycline 250mg)

NOTE: It should be emphasized that FISH-CYCLINE [and other tetracycline antibiotics of various names] can become toxic after its expiration date, unlike most of the other medications listed. So consider acquiring the other ones listed, first.

These medications are available usually in plastic bottles of 100 tablets for much less than the same prescription medication at the pharmacy (some come in bottles of 30 tablets). The dosages are similar to that used in humans, and are taken two to four times a day, depending on the drug. The 500mg dosage is probably more effective in larger individuals. Of course, anyone could be allergic to one or another of these antibiotics, but not all of them. (Note that there is a 10% cross-reactivity between “-cillin” drugs and Keflex, meaning that, if you are allergic to Penicillin, you could also be allergic to Keflex). FISH-ZOLE is an antibiotic that also kills some protozoa that cause dysentery.

Please read this article on antibiotics for SHTF planning before you begin stocking up on antibiotics as there are concerns and information you should be aware of. Further, please use antibiotics responsibly. We are living in times of resistant bacteria due to antibiotic abuse. Please consider the following concerns before purchasing antibiotics:

  • They are not a first line of defense.
  • You could be allergic to certain types of antibiotics and could cause other medical issues.
  • The antibiotics may not work due to being past their expiration, from improper storage, from the wrong dosage administered or from your body building up an immunity.
  • Antibiotics can also exacerbate an issue by destroying the good bacteria in the body. Investing in some probiotics can help restore the good stuff though.

I have also heard that colloidal silver is also a great alternative.  I hope this helps.

Thanks so much,

Tess

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on January 8th, 2013

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