Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by TM111, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. TM111

    TM111 Monkey+

    I dunno if this has been addressed here before being a new member BUT don't discount vet supply places as sources for antibiotics.Many of the "fish" antibiotics are actually the very same thing you get at the pharmacy, even come in capsule form.Calvet and lmabriar vet are two of the places I've dealt with in teh past and have yet to have any issues with either one.
  2. KHAN

    KHAN Monkey+++

  3. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    There are many herbs that can be used as antibiotics learn to use what is around you and you'll never be without. ;)

  4. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

  5. KHAN

    KHAN Monkey+++

    Share your knowledge if you will, I'd like to learn!
  6. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    My best suggestion is to get a few good books and figure out what you have around you. What I have here and know about you may not have where you live.

    Here are a few of my favorites;

    COMMON HERBS FOR NATURAL HEALTH by Juliette de Bairacli Levy




    One of my wifes favorite sites is

    I started a tread in this forum a few years ago on herbs Yellow Dock and Garlic were discused in pretty good detail you can search for it. I had planned to go through and do all of my favorites but life has kept me way to busy the last few years.

  7. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    Just grow cantaloupe, let it mold (blue green) and it'll pretty much be penicillin.
  8. CrufflerJJ

    CrufflerJJ Monkey++

    And penicillin is fairly useless nowadays (unless you KNOW that it covers the bacteria in question), given the prevalence of resistant microbes. Then there's the minor problem of standard PCN being broken down by your stomach acids if taken by mouth.
  9. IrishMonk

    IrishMonk Monkey+


    CANDY fISHER Monkey+

    I followed her and got everything she said to get !
  11. Country_boy

    Country_boy Monkey+

    Just a note the first website is Indian, and the second isn't clear, but its a Latavian address for mail.. Plus their site says it is checked daily by McAfee Secure- and the date is Feb 15.

    So I wouldn't be so sure the drugs are legitimate. Common, cheap antibiotics are probally the safest.
  12. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

  13. Pyrrhus

    Pyrrhus Monkey+++

    If you're going to store antibiotics, you'd better refrigerate and rotate. They don't last forever. However, silver does and is toxic to over 650 disease-causing bacteria. Just don't take so much that you turn purple.
  14. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yes, and it's a good time learning how to make your own colloidal, too...I know.

    My personal favorite thread on CS:

    Colloidal silver generators:

    Anti-fungal remedy alternatives:

    And I have been using this a while now also: Super Natural Silver Sol - Advanced Colloidal Silver Liquid/Gel - Super Natural Silver

    Basically all anybody ever needs to know about colloidal silver. Only at the Survival Monkey.
  15. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Does anyone have definitive information on the shelf life of antibiotics,? Especially the fish one?
  16. cdwoods

    cdwoods Monkey+

    Possible Fish Meds

    I have found Ciprofloxacin Tablets - 250 mg. strength -100 Tablets -
    Fish Flox Pharmacy quality ciprofloxacin - LABELED FOR FISH TANK USE

    Would these be the same as Cipro? Thanks.
  17. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    I'm a bit leary of Cipro. One of the side effects is ruptured tendons. Not sure if the cure is worse than the original issue.

    Yes it does have it's place but I am leary.

    As for shelf life. I'm looking at probably 18 -24 months under ideal conditions as my target. Typically the pharmacist refills with expire date of 1 year. They are probably giving themselves some margin of safety.

    Any Pharmacy Techs/Pharmacists or Doctors around monitoring this thread?
  18. Drumbo

    Drumbo Monkey+

    For what its worth


    A Doctor's Thoughts on Antibiotics, Expiration Dates, and TEOTWAWKI By James Wesley, Rawles on <ABBR class=published title=2010-07-26T21:59:14-05:00>July 26, 2010 9:59 PM</ABBR>

    As a recently-retired physician who is married to a nurse-midwife, my preparedness group looks to us as the post-TEOTWAWKI hospital and medical staff. Medical progress has been exponential and even just the last decade of scientific breakthroughs can equal a century of improvement in medical treatments, surgical techniques and pharmaceuticals. However, in the years (months?) ahead, the crumbling of the infrastructure and devolution of society in general will very likely throw us back to a medical system that existed in the 19th Century.

    Let’s take an example: When the U.S. was a young nation, the average woman could expect to be pregnant 10-12 times during her reproductive lifetime (no reliable means of birth control). One out of four women would not survive the pregnancy, either from issues relating to blood loss from miscarriage or childbirth or Infection (no antibiotics) following same. A myriad of other complications occurred which are treatable today but weren’t back then. I collect old medical books, and even relatively modern obstetric textbooks devoted entire chapters on how to crush a fetus’ skull in order to expedite its removal from a critically ill mother, with instruments that clearly had no other purpose. When childbirth was successful, she could expect perhaps 3-4 of her children to survive to become adults, on average, with many minor children succumbing to simple infections that had no known effective treatment at the time.

    This is the grim reality that we, in modern times, will face when the inevitable happens and current medical technology and treatments are unavailable to us.

    There is an interesting post-TEOTWAWKI series by History Channel called “After Armageddon” which can be viewed on YouTube. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t appear on History Channel’s list of shows). In it, a family seeks refuge in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event. The father of the family, who is a trained EMT, falls sick and dies from a simply cut on his hand because the antibiotics ran out. It shows that the lack of accumulated stores of antibiotics could mean a shortened life span for even the most prepared individual.

    Given the new situation that we will have thrust upon us, it behooves every aware individual to begin to stockpile medications that will be needed in the future, and to become trained one way or another in basic and disaster first aid. Even if your group has a designated “medic”, you have an obligation to be able to handle medical issues in a catastrophic scenario for the sake of your group and your family. Just as the designated “medic” should be trained to handle security issues and should accumulate food and other supplies, so should you accumulate medications and medical supplies. Cross-training is essential for when the medic needs a medic!

    Accumulating medications may be simple when it comes to procuring aspirin and other non-prescription drugs but may be problematic for those who cannot write their own prescriptions or don’t have a relationship with a physician who can. I would like to focus on the issue of procurement of antibiotics for the treatment of infection in this essay, as there are already a number of good essays on this site that discusses various aspects of medical care in the post-SHTF era. I heartily recommend that everyone read these in detail.

    For all intents and purposes, it is highly unlikely that even basic antibiotics like Penicillin will be actively manufactured in an apocalyptic scenario due to the complexities in said manufacture. Those who say, “it’s just bread mold” are naïve if they think just making prepper bread and letting it sit will produce anything That would cure an infection (penicillin is actually made from liquid that the mold produces under certain man-made conditions. And, no, Ginger Root and other “home antibiotics” probably won’t either.

    The reason that I consider this a major issue is that there will be a much larger incidence of infection when people start to fend for themselves, and injure themselves as a result. Simple cuts and scratches from chopping wood can begin to show infection, in the form of redness, heat and swelling, within a relatively short time. Treatment of infections at an early stage improves the chance that they will heal quickly and completely. However, many preppers, being the rugged folk that they are, are most likely to ignore the problem until it gets much worse and spreads to their entire body, causing fever and other systemic problems that could eventually be fatal. Have antibiotics already on hand in their retreat would allow them to deal with the issue until medical help (if available at all) arrives.

    Now, what I am about to tell you is contrary to standard medical practice, and is a strategy that is best used in the event of societal collapse that causes the unavailability of conventional medical care for extended periods of time. This line of thought that I am presenting is that “sumpthin” is better than “nuttin” and is not meant to serve as official medical advice for any circumstance but a catastrophic breakdown of our infrastructure and ability of our country to provide medical care for its citizens. If there is modern medical care available to you, seek it out.

    Small amounts of medications such as antibiotics could be procured by anyone who is willing to tell their physician that they are going out of the country and would like to avoid “Montezuma’s Revenge”. Ask them for Tamiflu for viral illness and Z-packs, Amoxicillin or Keflex for bacterial diarrhea. Stockpiling of these antibiotics is more of a problem. After searching far and wide, I have come across the best option for the prepper: Aquarium Fish antibiotics.

    For evaluation purposes (and because I am an aquarium hobbyist), I decided to purchase online a variety of these products and found them to be identical (unlike some Dog and Cat medications) to those used to treat humans with a doctor’s prescription. I was able to purchase them without any demand for medical licensure, etc. The drugs are listed below and the bottles list the antibiotic as the sole ingredient. They are:
    • FISH-MOX (amoxicillin 250mg)
    • [FONT=border=]FISH_MOX FORTE (amoxicillin 500mg)[/FONT]
    • [FONT=border=]FISH-CILLIN (ampicillin 250mg)[/FONT]
    • 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)
    [FONT=border=]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.[/FONT]

    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.

    Which brings me to a question that I am asked quite often and to which my answer is, again, contrary to standard medical recommendations but appropriate in a post-TEOTWAWKI environment where no medical care is otherwise available. The question is: What happens when the medications I stockpiled pass their expiration date?

    Since 1979, pharmaceutical companies have been required to place expiration dates on all medications. Officially, this is the last day that the company will certify that their drug is at full potency. Some people take this to mean that the medicine in question is useless or in some way harmful after that date. With few exceptions (tetracycline being one previously mentioned), this is what I delicately term as “a bunch of hooey”!

    Studies performed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that 90% of medications tested were perfectly fine to use 8-to-15 years after the expiration date. There was apparently no danger in the grand majority of cases. The FDA tested more than 100 medications, both prescription and non-prescription, and continues to study the issue today. The exceptions were mostly in liquid form (antibiotics included, but also insulin, nitroglycerine and some others). What is true is that the potency of an antibiotic could possibly decrease over time, so it is important that your medication cache is in a cool, dry place if at all possible. Refrigeration is an excellent method to maintain the full potency of many drugs.

    Many people gauge their preparedness on the number of full ammo boxes in their closet. I’ve got them too. However, preparedness doesn’t mean going out in a blaze of glory; it means going on, in the best health and condition, to re-establish a peaceful and productive society. Every prepper should have antibiotics as part of their medical supplies. They’re available, they’re cheap and they could save your life.
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  19. cdwoods

    cdwoods Monkey+

    I found out about the Fish Antibiotics about two (2 ) months ago and now have a very nice and well stocked selection, packed away. Cipro, was the open ended question and I now have a nice amount of that also. Medicine, food, water, ammo, guns, tents, sleeping bags, and a bunch of SHTF gear. That should be a good start.
  20. DrBones

    DrBones Monkey+


    Hi all,

    I'm the author of A Doctor's Thoughts on Antibiotics, Expiration Dates, and TEOTWAWKI from Survival Blog 7/28/10. I have personal experience with some of the aquarium antibiotics I've listed and feel strongly that these are reasonable alternatives to prescription antibiotics, to the point that I find no significant difference in effectiveness and safety between them. I recommend them to every prepper as stockpile material for use in collapse situations. Make sure that the bottle states the antibiotic is the only ingredient.

    One additional note: I mentioned that tetracycline will go bad after its expiration date, but after further research, I have found that this pertains to very old tetracycline preparations, which contained citric acid. Current preparations of this antibiotic are formulated differently, and tetracycline should be safe to use even after its expiration date (provided you're not allergic to it).

    Dr. Bones
    The Doom and Bloom(tm) Show, Mondays 9 pm eastern/8 pm central
    on the Prepper Podcast Radio Network
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