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The 9 Best Survival Antibiotics

survival antibiotics are often overlooked by preppers. One reason is because preppers don’t know which ones to buy or even where to get them. Another reason is because they haven’t needed them before so they forget they might need them in the future. That was the reason I hadn’t stocked up on antibiotics until a long, painful week set me straight.

Last year, on an ordinary evening shortly after dinner, my stomach started bothering me. It wasn’t nausea or a normal stomach cramp. It was a strange type of gnawing pain I’d never felt before. I tried antacids and Pepto Bismol, but nothing worked. I finally took some Tylenol and went to bed.

The next day the pain was still there, but now it had moved over to my lower right abdomen. And as the day continued, it got worse. And worse. Pretty soon it was so bad that I decided to go online and do some research. I thought it might be something like a torn muscle or my appendix, but nothing I found really fit my symptoms. That evening, the pain was so bad I could barely move. I had to walk hunched over and take tiny steps. Any type of sudden movement caused excruciating pain. It was so severe that my wife had to help me take my shirt off before bed. The following morning she took me to urgent care.

It was a long day. The doctor asked a lot of questions and felt my abdomen, but he wasn’t sure what it could be so he ordered blood work and a CAT scan. He thought it might be my gall bladder, in which case I would need emergency surgery. But again, he wasn’t sure if that was the problem because my symptoms just didn’t quite fit. Of course, my wife and I were both afraid it could be something life-threatening.

Eventually a radiologist looked at the scans and identified the problem: I had some type of infectious colitis in my ascending colon (similar to diverticulitis). Basically, my colon was severely inflamed by a bacterial infection. They couldn’t say exactly how it happened, but it’s possible I got it after eating some undercooked meat. That’s rare, but it can happen.

This infection could have killed me if not for the medication he prescribed. And what was this wonderful medicine that saved my life? You guessed it. Antibiotics. Specifically, Ciprofloxacin and Metronidazole. After 10 days of taking those, I was good as new! But I wondered, What if I hadn’t had access to a doctor or antibiotics when this happened? I probably would have died. See how important it is to stock up on antibiotics for survival?

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Before we move on, a few disclaimers: First, I am not a doctor and I am not giving you medical advice. I’m just repeating some information I learned. I recommend you ask your doctor if he will write you some prescriptions for antibiotics so you can stock up, just in case. There are other ways you can acquire antibiotics. For example, you could buy the ones that are meant for control of common bacterial infections in fish and/or birds. I’m not saying you should consume them, I’m just pointing out how interesting it is that they’re the exact same as the ones prescribed by doctors. The picture shows a couple of examples.

And please, don’t take antibiotics every time you have pain or a fever. Antibiotics are not good for you and should only be taken in an emergency. You should have a good medical book on hand to help you diagnose the problem. And then, only when you are very certain that antibiotics will help, should you take them. I also want to remind you that if you take antibiotics and develop a rash or any other reaction, you should stop taking them immediately. If there is no reaction and your condition improves, continue taking the antibiotic for two weeks, even if you feel better after a few days. Though you might feel better, you want to make sure the infection is completely eliminated.

There are a lot of antibiotics, but I’ve narrowed it down to what I think are the 9 best. These should cover almost 99% of infections. You don’t need to get every single one on this list (for example, Cephalexin, Amoxicillin, and Erythromycin are all very similar, but you might have trouble finding a couple of them).

I can’t tell you everything you need to know in one post. I suggest you look for some books on antibiotics so you’ll know what and how much to use. It’s my hope that this post will at least get you started. Here then, are the 9 Best Survival Antibiotics. I’ll begin the list with the two that helped me.

Ciprofloxacin – Best for things like urinary tract infections, prostate infections, respiratory tract infections (such as bronchitis or pneumonia), bacterial diarrhea, anthrax, and diverticulitis or infectious colitis (when combined with Metronidazole). It should never be used by children, pregnant women or nursing mothers. (Do a web search for “Fish Flox”)
Metronidazole – Usually used for getting rid of anaerobic bacteria which is found in the intestine. Like I said, it can treat diverticulitis or colitis if you take it with Ciprofloxacin. But it can also treat bacterial vaginosis, diabetic foot ulcer, joint or bone infections, lung or brain abscesses, meningitis, and a few other infections. This also shouldn’t be taken by children, pregnant women or nursing mothers. (This one is also sold as “Fish Zole”)
Cephalexin – Great for almost any type of respiratory infection (bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat, etc.) and middle ear infections. It is safe for pregnant women and children and only has a few side effects. (Do a web search for “Fish Flex”)
Amoxicillin – This will handle most of the same types of bactiera as Cephalexin. It’s also safe for pregnant women and children and has very few side effects. However, some people are very allergic to it. In that case, you should try the next one on the list. (This is also sold as Fish Mox”)
Erythromycin – Like the previous two, this one can also treat most respiratory infections and middle ear infections. It’s also good for Syphilis, Lyme Disease and Chlamydia. And it’s safe for women and children. So why not just forget the other two and store this instead? Because it has several potential side effects including abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Doxycycline – Treats the same types of infections as Erythromycin. However, Erythromycin can be hard to find whereas this one is often sold as “Bird Biotic.” This is not labeled for human consumption. I’m just pointing it out. This one can also treat sinus infections, Typhus and Malaria. However, it should not be used by children, pregnant women or nursing mothers and there are some side effects including kidney impairment and sensitive skin. (Dixycycline is actually just a newer type of Tetracycline, also sold as “Fish Cycline”)
SMZ-TMP – That is short for Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim. Together, these can treat most respiratory infections, but they’re mainly used for urinary tract infections. But the best thing about SMZ-TMP is it can treat MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), also known as resistant staph. This is a strain of bacteria that spreads easily and is resistant to most antibiotics. (Do a web search for “Bird Sulfa”)
Azitrhomycin – This one is similar to numbers 3 through 6 because it treats respiratory infections and all sorts of things like Chlamydia, Lyme Disease, PID, Syphilis, Typhoid, etc. Side effects include abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea but that is rare. It’s a great antibiotic to have because it treats so many different things. The problem is that it’s hard to find and can be a bit expensive.
Ampicillin – Similar to penicillin, but more effective against things like anthrax and less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Also useful for respiratory tract infections, bacterial meningitis, urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal infections and many other things. (Do a web search for “Fish Cillin”)
If you don’t want to get every one of these, you should at least get the first three on the list. Those three will cover 9 out of 10 infections you might get. As far as storage, just keep them in the refrigerator. You don’t have to, but it will extend their shelf life. Don’t freeze them, though! That can permanently alter their chemical composition and they might not work anymore. They should continue to be effective for years after the expiration date, with one exception: Tetracyclines (which includes doxycycline). These can become toxic if they get too old.

Don’t be caught with a life-threatening infection when it’s too dangerous to go out or after the stores have run out of antibiotics. They don’t cost much and they could save you or a loved one’s life. ... -settings/

Fish antibiotics in survival settings – what you should know.
October 25, 2013 By M.D. Creekmore
by Joe Alton, M.D. aka Dr. Bones of

Years ago, I wrote the original article on aquarium antibiotics as an option in a survival setting. Many of the questions that we field during our speaking engagements are related to the stockpiling of medicines. What fish medicines are equivalent to the human versions? What illness is each one used for? How much to take? Can children take them?

There isn’t a 60 second answer to these questions. Actually, there isn’t a 60 MINUTE answer to this, but anyone that is interested in preserving the health of their loved ones in a collapse will have to learn about and stockpile antibiotics.

It’s important to start off by saying that you will not want to indiscriminately use antibiotics for every minor ailment that comes along. In a collapse, the medic is also a quartermaster of sorts; you will want to wisely dispense that limited and, yes, precious supply of life-saving drugs.

Liberal use of antibiotics is a poor strategy for a few reasons. These include:

Overuse can foster the spread of resistant bacteria. Antibiotics routinely given to turkeys recently caused a resistant strain of Salmonella that put over 100 people in the hospital. 36 million pounds of ground turkey were recalled
Potential allergic reactions may occur that could lead to anaphylactic shock (see our recent podcast on this topic at ... reactions/).
Making a diagnosis may be more difficult if you give antibiotics before you’re sure what medical problem you’re actually dealing with. The antibiotics might temporarily “mask” the symptoms, which could cost you valuable time in determining the correct treatment.
Having said this, not having antibiotics in your storage may result in the unnecessary deaths of members of your group to infections incurred from activities of daily survival. An infected cut from chopping wood, for example, may travel to the circulation causing a life-threatening condition known as “Septicemia” or “sepsis“. In the History Channel series “After Armageddon“, this was the cause of death of an EMT survivor due to the lack of antibiotics in the survival community’s medical storage.You can see that judicious use of antibiotics, under your close supervision, is necessary to fully utilize their benefits. Discourage your group members from using these drugs without first consulting you. Remember, YOU are in charge of making these (sometime difficult) decisions to parcel out your limited medical supplies. Use them wisely.
In my dual role as physician and aquaculturist (I raise tilapia in ponds as a food fish), I treated humans and fish with antibiotics when it was appropriate. It wasn’t until I began writing about medical preparedness that I realized the similarities of some of the aquarium and avian medicines (I also have an African Gray parrot) to human antibiotics. After seeing a totally unnecessary death in the series “After Armageddon”, I decided to research the usefulness of alternative ways for the average person to accumulate medications. This is not for everyday use but only for a post-apocalyptic setting.

Not any veterinary antibiotic will do, however. Only a certain number of antibiotics will meet my criteria:

They must only be produced in human dosages, although they are “supposed” to be for fish or birds.
The only ingredient must be the antibiotic itself. Nothing else that makes your scales more shiny or your fins longer.
They must appear identical to their human equivalents when removed from the bottle. Note that different pharmaceutical companies may make a particular drug in different colors. Dava labs, for example, makes Amoxicillin 500mg that looks identical (down to the I.D. numbers) to Fish-Mox Forte. See my video: “Fish Antibiotics in a Collapse” at
They must be available without a prescription.
They must be available for purchase in bulk.
There are many antibiotics, but which antibiotics accessible to the average person would be good additions to your medical storage? Each antibiotic belongs to its own family and is useful for different ailments. Here are some common antibiotics (available in veterinary form without a prescription) that you will want in your medical arsenal and their veterinary equivalent:

Amoxicillin 250mg AND 500mg (FISH-MOX, FISH-MOX FORTE)
Ciprofloxacin 250mg and 500mg (FISH-FLOX, FISH-FLOX FORTE)
Cephalexin 250mg and 500mg (FISH-FLEX, FISH-FLEX FORTE)
Metronidazole 250mg (FISH-ZOLE)
Doxycycline 100mg (BIRD-BIOTIC)
Ampicillin 250mg and 500mg (FISH-CILLIN, FISH-CILLIN FORTE)
Clindamycin 300mg (FISH-CIN)
Sulfamethoxazole 400mg/Trimethoprin 80mg (BIRD-SULFA)
Azithromycin 250mg (AQUATIC AZITHROMYCIN)
There are various others that you can choose, but the selections above will give you the opportunity to treat many illnesses and have enough variety so that even those with Penicillin allergies with have options. Cephalexin, although not in the same drug family as Penicillin, has been quoted as having a 10% cross-reactivity rate; that is, a person allergic to Penicillin will have a 10% chance of being allergic to Cephalexin. In recent developments, Doxycycline recently had a huge price increase and is now available in 100mg powder packets instead of tablets/capsules. That is the human dose, but I haven’t evaluated a sample of it as of yet.

In our recently-published second edition of “The Survival Medicine Handbook”, we discuss the above antibiotics and more with the indications, dosages, and other important information. A thorough knowledge of infectious diseases and the drugs that treat them is imperative for success in a survival scenario. Have them in your supplies in quantity and only use them when you absolutely have to in times of trouble. Seek modern and standard medical care by medical professionals in normal times.

Note: The information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text and information, are presented here for general information purposes only. Always seek professional medical advice -in other words you should always review any information carefully with your professional health care provider

Kelasin lääkepakettien sisältöä pienen perhessä olevan episodin jälkeen.. Myös vaimon kanssa keskustelun jälkeen tultiin molemmat tulokseen että antibiootit ovat pirusti tärkeämmät kuin mikään mitä meillä jo on. Tästä joskus olikin jo jollain foorumilla keskustelu. Noh uudestaan etsimään tietoa ja tekemään suunnitelmia mitä hankkii ensin.. Ainakin täälläpäin reseptiä ei saa vain sen takia että pistää varastoon kaiken varalta. Muutenkin antibiootti reseptin saanti on erittäin tiukassa.

Ei riitä että vain hankkii muutaman purkin vaan pitää myös sitten selvittää kuinka paljon/kauan antaa kenellekkin riippuen siitä kuinka paljon henkilö painaa yms.. Ensimmäisenä listalla haava tuli ja pahasti tulehtui joka vain pahenee.. Ensimmäinen purkki lähtee heti ensikuussa tilaukseen.

Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:30 am

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Epäily punkin puremasta niin saat ainakin kolme lootaa yleis abioottia tosta vaan. Eivät ota mitään riskiä ;)

Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:13 am
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^ Mihin johtopäätökseen päätyivät, eli voiko käyttää päiväyksen yli niitä antibiootteja?

On vähän tuo englannin kielen taito ruosteessa. Enkun tunneilla tuli nauratettua tyttöjä lähinnä eikä aina muistanut opiskella.

Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:39 pm

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Nopeasti vilkaistuna seuraavaa - sikäli kun nyt itse englantia osaan.

"Vaikka hyvissä olosuhteissa säilytetyt antibiootit säilyttävät todennäköisesti ominaisuutensa päiväyksen jälkeen, on parempi käyttää antibiootit ennen vanhentumista, sillä vanhentuneiden ja etenkin väärin säilytettyjen antibioottien käyttö sisältää riskin ts. teho ei riitä ja bakteereista tuleekin vastustuskykyisiä.

On myös huomioitava, että eri antibiooteissa on eroja säilyvyyden suhteen.

Hätätilanteessa täytyy sitten itse päättää luottaako oman kehon voimaan taistelussa bakteereja vastaan vai ottaako antibioottia, joka luultavasti toimii, mutta ei välttämättä. Yleensä vakavasti sairaan hoitaminen vanhallakin lääkkellä on silti parempi kuin hoitamatta jättäminen."


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^ Kiitti. Ihan järkeenkäypä päätelmä. Milloinkohan tutkijat löytää oikeasti hyvän antibiootin korvaajan. Aika käy vähiin.

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