My Prepper Antibiotics guide should help people prepare for both long and short-term disaster survival.
Whether you are single or have a family, if a natural disaster like an earthquake, EMP attack (natural or the act of a foreign nation), or Yellowstone erupts, it’s always good to be prepared for medical needs. During these kinds of events, you won’t be able to go to your doctor get a prescription for an injury or infection.
You may suddenly find yourself worried about an infection that normally is no big deal, suddenly, being a life-threatening event!
And worse more, pharmacies will be looted, drugs may be expired, and your doctor will be hiding in a bomb shelter! (OK, I’m being dramatic, but you get it).
For this reason, I created the Prepper Antibiotics guide.
Prepper Antibiotics Guide
Let’s get started, first, with one of the most confusing subjects around…
Viral or Bacterial Infections, Understanding Antibiotics
Antibiotics are pharmaceuticals or herbals medications used to treat different kinds of infections.
There are two groups:
Typically, viruses go away on their own and do not need to be treated, but some herbals and vitamins are best to take when you have a virus, like vitamin C or elderberry (typically used for the common cold). These can address an infection, boost the immune system and help eradicate it. When your body is weak, a virus could potentially lead to a bacterial infection if a chronic medical condition weakens your immune system.
Bacterial infections are typically much worse than viruses and may accompany a high fever, green or yellow pus or mucus, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. However, viruses can be accompanied by these effects as well. For example, most people know what a muscle pull feels like – it is no fun and can be painful. But, let’s say you have pain in your lower back on both sides and it is burning and radiating around to your abdominal region. You are nauseated, and it feels rancid. You may have a back pull or pain, but the kidneys may also be infected.
Then there are instances that are common among people who are already fighting chronic disease and are immune system compromised. They always have below normal temperatures and are often susceptible to infections. Sometimes urinary tract infections are not caught on a standard test strip, and fever does not always accompany them. Addressing such a scenario with herbal antibiotics or a low dosage of the appropriate antibiotic may help. Common infections are strep D, E. Coli, and salmonella.
Having antibiotics on hand in case of a doomsday event is essential. Because the population will be in a panic and you’ll want to be prepared because hospitals and clinics and your doctor won’t necessarily be available. Understanding the different types of pharmaceutical antibiotics to treat different infections as well as herbals is very important. Pharmaceuticals have far more side effects than herbals, and it’s best to understand these problems, so you know how to combat the effects.
Fish Antibiotics For Preppers – Really? Yes…REALLY
There are several fish antibiotics out there on the market that target specific bacterial infections, and during a catastrophe, you may need one. The only kind you can stockpile are over the counter herbals or antibiotics sold in pet stores that sell aquatics, online fish stores, and farm feed stores usually carry them. Keep in mind, the fish antibiotics approach is solely for doomsday scenarios, and it is not recommended to take these while society is functioning, please see your doctor for all infection concerns.
Popular Fish Antibiotics For Preppers
- Fish Flex
- Fish Sulfe Forte
- Fish Flox
- Fish Cin
- FishMox Fort
- Fish Zole
- Fish Pen – this is used for Syphilis
How To Store Fish Antibiotics
You should store your fish antibiotics in sealed, air-tight containers. Consider creating a system whereas the oldest fish antibiotics are the ones pushed the most forward. In other words, the oldest is the first you access. This creates a system whereas you don’t risk needlessly losing any fish antibiotics due to age. You are either ingesting or throwing away the oldest versions during a doomsday scenario.
Allowing your fish antibiotics to get too hot, too cold, too moist, or otherwise, risks diluting potency or even causing toxicity.
Fish Antibiotic Expiration Dates
For the most part, fish antibiotics lose potency, rather than become toxic, once a manufacturer’s expiration date is up.
But really, that’s not great, either.
Fish antibiotics that don’t work aren’t antibiotics at all, needless to say.
One of the biggest risks you run with any expired antibiotic is that the risk for allergic reactions substantially increases. If society is not in tact, an allergic reaction can present a decent to moderate to severe threat.
Fish Antibiotic Considerations
Because fish antibiotics are for animals and not humans, the chemistry and dangers of such medicine is something people need to consider. For one, many additives and other chemicals banned in human drugs are in fish antibiotics. This should be considered in terms of allergies or otherwise. You never know how the human body will react to the introduction of foreign chemicals.
Fish antibiotics are created for the chemical makeup of an animal (that can’t be said enough).
Differences in human and animal dosages need to be considered.
Survival Antibiotics – Let’s Get To The Heart of Surviving Disaster
There are tons of pharmaceuticals on the market used to treat infections and depending on the brand, the cost may vary. Some of them can be found over the counter without a prescription. They are essential to have on hand to treat common infections and some can treat deadlier infections.
Knowing which ones or how much depends on too many factors, so you must get quantities of all of the ones available over the counter and an excellent medical book to help you better understand the logistics. Antibiotic quantities are dependent on infection frequency in the family and the size of the family. Additionally, the time it takes to recover from a disaster is also pertinent.
The disaster issue might be ongoing or it is something that will end and society will return to modern normalcy. No one knows the outcome of any disaster that we may face as a nation or globe.
If it is only you and your spouse or partner having at least two-three bottles of each kind of antibiotic with between 100 and 200 pills is probably a decent estimate. However, in concern with more general antibiotics like Amoxicillin, you may want to have a few extra bottles stored. The problem is, if someone keeps getting a similar infection several times, eventually you cannot combat the infection with the same antibiotic. In such a scenario, you will need to hit the infection with a stronger antibiotic like Levaquin or use an herbal like Golden Seal to combat it as well as high dosages of vitamin C to keep building the immune system.
- Amoxicillin/Penicillin can be used to treat bladder infections, pneumonia, gonorrhea, E. coli, and salmonella, stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection.
- Erythromycin/Clarithromycin/Azithromycin can treat ear infections, eye infections, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, chlamydia, mouth and dental infections, skin infections.
- Ciprofloxacin/Levofloxacin should are for use for intestinal infections and sinus infections and other heavy-hitting infections such as Lyme disease or chronic strep. These are incredibly harsh antibiotics and should be used with probiotics even more so than others. Anti-nausea medications can also of use as an add-on.
- Bactrim/Trimethoprim for use for different kinds of urinary infections.
- Tetracycline/Doxycycline is used for urinary infections, acne, gonorrhea and some strains of Lyme bacteria.
- Keflex/Cephalexin can treat strep, bone/joint infections, pneumonia, ear infections, skin infections and can be a preventative for bacterial endocarditis.
- Gentamycin/Tobramycin can treat eye infections, brain and spinal cord infections, blood infections, abdominal and lung infections, and skin, bone and joint infections.
Medicine Expiration Date Guidelines – Is It REALLY Garbage?
We covered some of this above in the fish antibiotics expiration date section, but it’s worth exploring again considering we are talking about human antibiotics now.
Since you have put in a lot of effort to stockpiling anti-infectives you want to make sure you are always checking the expiration dates. Keep a log of what you have, and purchase date. If something is expired it may no longer work or can have adverse reactions due to additives in the medications, you may need to discard. Most medicines can be used up to five years past their expiration date as long as they are in cool dry places in clean storage areas.
Tetracycline is considered unsafe to take beyond its expiration date. It is believed, according to an old report from the 1960’s, that Tetracycline may cause renal tubular acidosis. The information in the report has been contested, but it isn’t worth taking a chance. It is believed that Tetracycline’s chemicals degrade into dangerous chemical forms.
More Than Just Antibiotics…
When using your stockpiled antibiotics, it is smart to have probiotics, as well as antifungals. Most antibiotics are comprised of mold and depending on the seriousness of the infection your immune system is already weak, and therefore bacterial overgrowth is something that can occur. Also, thrush is very common, and women can get vaginal yeast infections after taking an antibiotic especially in the cillin class of drugs. It would be also smart to store, fluconazole in low doses – 50 mg tablets or break them in half (this is a potent medication). If you are not able to obtain these OTC, having many bottles of caprylic acid on hand works as an anti-fungal, coconut oil gel pills also are an anti-fungal.
Probiotics like acidophilus don’t need to be refrigerated. These are good for general health and to keep the balance of good bacteria along with the bad in your digestive tract while on an antibiotic. You want to make sure there are good bacteria in your body when you are on an antibiotic otherwise they are completely wiped out by the pharmaceutical drug. By not keeping the balance you are making yourself more susceptible to a prolonged illness or other infections.
In addition to probiotics and antifungals consider getting anti-inflammatories as well. Inflammation can occur when your immune system is compromised, and prolong the infection. Steroids are a big part of the anti-inflammatory regimen, and this is how most doctors treat to these kinds of issues. But, you won’t be able to get a prescription for them so purchase supplements like turmeric or the advanced form which is called curcumin. Quercetin is another essential anti-inflammatory.
- Anti-fungals, anti-yeast (Caprylic Acid, Fluconazole; Diflucan)
- Probiotics (Acidophilous; lactobacillus)
- Anti-inflammatories (Quercetin; Turmeric or Curcumin)
- Marshmallow root, for stomach cramping, pain and helps with stomach and urinary infections (dried herbal in capsule form)
- Sarsaparilla, to calm the stomach from pain and indigestion (dried in capsule form)
Herbals or Tinctures for Infections – Going Holistic
- Walnut Hull Extract, is a heavy hitter as an anti-infective, and will kill just about anything.
- Golden Seal, a heavy hitting general purpose herbal anti-biotic. Can be used for lung infections, gastrointestinal infections, the common cold, and urinary infections.
- Echinacea, can be used for the common cold, and can help combat urinary infections that are chronic, less potent than Golden seal, sometimes it can be purchased as a capsule with golden seal.
- Elderberry is great for the flu, and an immune system booster, best used in a tea form.
- Colloidal Silver, is an overall immune system booster, but should be used in low doses as it can cause your skin to turn blue, it’s a great preventative and healer for strep infections, can be great as an anti-acne treatment and preventative medicine, and was used to combat the bubonic plague and can treat HIV.
- Aloe Vera (latex and leaf, not the gel), is great for bowel infections, upset stomach.
Other natural anti-infectives to consider for immune boosting:
Manuka honey, garlic, myrrth extract, thyme, and oregano oil and olive leaf.
What does this all really mean? What’s The Brass Tacks?
Preppers who want to store antibiotics should educate themselves further on different types of infections, especially common ones that could get out of control. Maybe stockpiling only certain kinds of pharmaceuticals is best as well is looking into options of herbals, and other supplements that can aid in case someone does get injured or there is a series of symptoms that present like an infection. If you’re going this route to stock antibiotics and herbals that help of infections you should definitely invest in a couple of books that discuss symptoms as well as dosage eating.
You don’t just want a standard pocket guide, you will want a medical book or pharmaceutical guide specifically on types of infections and symptoms. Also, a book on herbals and their medicinal values is something to invest in. You may even want to check out medical school teaching materials at university and college book stores.
Taking too many antibiotics can make you resistant to the use of any of them. Only take when in a dire need or a chronic issue cannot be resolved, otherwise it is best to take more vitamin c or an herbal supplement to combat a minor infection or feeling of illness coming on as a preventative.
Consider Vitamin C for immune system boosting and infection care with high dosage:
Vitamin C’s Potency – Often, We Forget The Simple Things…
Ascorbic acid otherwise known as vitamin C is a vitamin you can store and it is essential for immune system health. The best kind of C to store is Esther C because it is non-ascorbic and will not harm your stomach and cause pain or inflammation. You can take between 1,000 mg up to eight or 9,000 mg a day or more depending on how much you can handle (you can take to tolerance – you will know when you start having too many bowel movements). This can get rather expensive and some people even do IV vitamin therapy for Lyme disease and other chronic infections and immune system disorders, however during a time of disaster you might not have saline bags. So, having capsules of the non-ascorbic Esther vitamin C are essential and can be purchased online or in your local drug store.
Best kinds of Vitamin C:
- Esther C 500-1,000mg Capsules
- Emergen-C Packets
- Liposomal Vitamin C Packets
- Grapefruit Seed Extract oil (great to use in water bottles for humans and water dishes for pets)
If you have children or an adult with chronic infections in your household, stockpiling vitamin C is essential. Everyone in your family including your pets can benefit from vitamin C, though your pets do make vitamin C and humans do not.
Understanding Prepper Antibiotics is essential for surviving a number of modern disasters, both long and short in duration. Before modern medicine, humans commonly died from infections, infections and illnesses we take for granted in this day and age. However, without a functioning power grid, obtaining antibiotics and medicine will be no easy feat; hence, why we create a prepper antibiotics storage.
Author: Meredith Iager
Meredith has 13 years of writing experience online and in newspapers and studied journalism at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Over the years, she has contributed entertainment articles and reviews to various sites including FrederickNewsPost.com and Fanbolt.com.
Since 2010, she has focused on AMA and integrative health and wellness content for AngiesList.com, SteadyContent.com, and a variety of private clients. She is an avid supporter of being prepared when SHTF and growing your own food, and is pro federal legalization of marijuana.
In addition to writing, she does transcription, researches on health constantly, and is an avid oil and acrylic painter. You can check out her paintings and older articles here: Meredith_A_Iager on HubPages | Follow Meredith on Instagram
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