Modern antibiotics are lifesavers. Without them, a simple cold can quickly turn into a deadly pneumonia, an infection in a small cut can mean the loss of a limb, and many ordinary childhood problems turn deadly. In fact, they have worked so well that we often turn to them as our first line of defense whenever an illness pops up.
But what if they were no longer available. In a crisis situation, the supply might be quickly used up, just when they are needed the most. I’ve chosen to stockpile a few different antibiotics for just this reason and I want to show you how you can do the same.
Buying Antibiotics to Stockpile
There are several ways to build up an antibiotic stockpile. The most expensive way to gather a stockpile is to ask your doctor for prescriptions of the antibiotics you will need. Most doctors will be reluctant to write these prescriptions, so this may not be as easy as it sounds. But if you know your doctor well and he or she is sympathetic, this will work.
You could also order your antibiotics from another country where a prescription is not needed. This method also has some risks since you don’t know the quality or authenticity of the medicines you receive. It is also illegal.
The method I chose is to purchase pet medicines that are the equivalent of human prescriptions and are available online for a reasonable price. I thoroughly research the maker and the quality of their products before purchase and make sure I know what dosages are appropriate for human use. Let me stress here that it is always preferable to consult a doctor before using any medicine, especially antibiotics. I am stockpiling these antibiotics for use when modern medical care is not available.
My goal for this project was to choose a range of antibiotics that would cover most any bacterial infection that comes up. I chose to stockpile 4 different antibiotics plus an antibiotic ointment for external use on cuts and skin infections. I will probably expand this stockpile in the future. Here are the antibiotics that I chose:
Amoxicillin is the pink bubblegum flavored liquid that used to be prescribed for every childhood infection. Doctors are wary of prescribing it too often now because of resistant bacteria. It is a penicillin antibiotic that treats many different types of bacterial diseases including: bronchitis, pneumonia, tonsillitis, ear infections, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, E. Coli, salmonella infections and some STDs including gonorrhea and chlamydia. Standard dosage is 250 mg every 8 hours or 500 mg every 12 hours, depending on the illness and severity.
I purchased Fish Mox, the amoxicillin equivalent made by Thomas Labs. 30 tablets, each 250 mg, cost me $9.99. These tablets are marked as not for human consumption, but their formulation is identical to the amoxicillin that is made for human use. Ideally, I will stockpile several bottles of Fish Mox, since each 30 tablet bottle is enough for 1 treatment.
Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic in the fluoroquinolone class. It works by stopping the multiplication of bacteria, preventing the spread of the disease and promoting healing as the existing bacteria die off. I choose to stockpile Ciprofloxacin because I have seen it work miracles when other antibiotics have failed and it covers a wide range of infections, including some that might be expected in a SHTF situation.
Ciprofloxacin treats infections in the skin, lungs, bones, joints, and urinary tract. It treats infectious diarrheas caused by E. Coli, Campulocater jejuni, Shingella, septicemic plague caused by Y. pestis, tuberculosis, anthrax, and typhoid fever.
For my stockpile, I chose Ciprofloxacin Fish Flox Forte made by Thomas Labs A bottle of 30 x 500 mg tablets cost me 38.99 on sale. For most infections the usual dosage is 250 to 750 mg every 12 hours.
Metronidazone is the generic name for Flagyl, an antibiotic that is effective against anaerobic bacteria. It is used to treat diseases of the abdomen such as peritonitis, liver abscesses, and abscesses of the ovaries and Fallopian tubes. It is also effective against Giardia lamblia and amoeba, two intestinal parasites that are common in contaminated water, as well as trichomonas which causes vaginal infections.
I purchased 100 tablets of Fish Zole made by Thomas Labs which contains 250 mg of metronidazole per tablet for $58.25. The recommended dosage ranges from 250 to 750 mg, three to four times daily, depending on the illness being treated.
Fish Flex is the Thomas Labs equivalent for Cephalexin. I purchased 100 tablets of 250 mg each.
Cephalexin is a cephalosporin type antibiotic that treats gram-positive bacteria. It has many of the same uses as the penicillin class antibiotics, but it can be taken by most people that are allergic to penicillin. It is very effective at treating skin and soft tissue infections such as boils, carbuncles, and deep tissue infections. It is regularly prescribed to treat bladder infections, upper respiratory infections, bone infections, kidney infections, ear infections, pharyngitis, prostatitis and to prevent bacterial endocarditis during some dental procedures.
20% Ichthammol Ointment
I also stockpile an external ointment known as drawing salve or black drawing salve. I began using it long ago on skin infections and have seen it work wonders. It prevents infections when used promptly, even in deep cuts and I have seen it cure infections that had become established and were not responding to antibiotics.
Ichthammol is ammonium bituminosulfonate, a sulfur compound that has anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and fungicidal properties. It treats and promotes healing in skin infections and skin diseases such as psoriasis, rosacea, and acne.
A small 1-ounce tube of 20% Ichthammol for human use is currently $10.98, but I purchase the large 14 ounce tub for use with horses and pets for $14.99, a big savings.
Many preppers choose to include erythromycin in their stockpile. I considered it and decided against it for several reasons. Amoxicillin and Cephalexin treat most of the same diseases that erythromycin is used for and erythromycin has a short shelf life. It degrades into a potentially poisonous substance that can be dangerous. Most antibiotics have long shelf-lifes that extend far beyond the expiration date. It is available in a powder form for fish use, but I was not happy with the information available on the formulation. Many preppers do use it, so do your own research if you decide this is an important antibiotic for your family stockpile.
Purchasing Pet Medicines
You want to be very careful when purchasing pet medicines. I researched the makers of antibiotic products thoroughly and chose to go with products from Thomas Labs because their products are USP certified quality antibiotics which helps me feel confident about the safety of the product. Their products also come in convenient tablet or capsule doses so there is no guesswork on doses and no need to make my own capsules.
One bottle each of the 4 antibiotics I chose cost me a total of $140, including sales taxes, a reasonable expense for the protection they provide. I recommend a minimum of 1 bottle of each, per person in your household, and extras are always a good idea.
This is not a long-term solution. You should also have a variety of natural remedies at home. I have a backyard garden that has all the medicinal plants I need. These pills are just in case I need a stronger dose. I haven’t had to use this stockpile yet as I managed to treat my ailments with plant-based tinctures and infusions.
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