On December 1st, Dr. Bones of The Doom and Bloom had an article published here on ModernSurvivalOnline. In it he discussed the need for antibiotics as a preparedness supply and made some recommendations. If you have not read the article – please do so.
In sourcing these for a supply order of my own – I checked out Amazon.com which had been recommended to me by several readers.
I found all of them to be available and most with past buyer reviews. I found that many reviewers commented on their use being for their “fish” – and when you read between the lines it was obvious the “fish” were really humans.
Cost appears to be decently affordable. I have placed my order for a few bottles and over the next two months plan to complete my antibiotic supply list.
Next is to obtain a credible dosage chart/guide for each.
I have been unable to find what I would be considered absolute factual information that leads me to believe that antibiotics meant for animal/fish use are EXACTLY the same as those prescribed for humans. With that said – I personally would not hesitate to use vet antibiotics if it was necessary. Some people would.
I had a loyal reader whose opinion I value greatly contact me and recommend the website SurvivingHealthy.com . SurvivingHealthy.com offers services and products related to legally obtaining antibiotics meant for humans.
SurvivingHealthy.com offers several “antibiotic survival packs” legally. How is this done? A real doctor reviews your medical history and prescribes the antibiotics for you. The medication is shipped directly to your door along with information on dosage and when to use.
I contacted Dr. Bob at SurvivingHealthy.com and told him that I was writing this post – and was going to be comparing the options of obtaining vet antibiotics versus human. I asked for his opinion.
Dr. Bob responded quickly and stated that he believes there are some advantages to using the services which SurvivingHealthy provides – such as reliability, cost, and information. He did not really have any comments regarding whether vet antibiotics were safe to consume – however he did state that all med’s obtained through his services were FDA approved.
The “information” part of the service which SurvivingHealthy.com offers is extremely important to me. Dr. bob stated that he “put together an entire guideline for use with our meds, with the TEOTWAWKI recommendations included for real post-world use.” To me – this is excellent as I am not a doctor or have any knowledge of what antibiotics to take for what situations and in what amounts.
Let’s take a look at a couple of the offerings available:
- Basic – Includes complete treatment for multiple infections with complete instructions included. Antibiotics included: penicillin, amoxicillin, doxycycline, cephalexin, sulfa.
- Deluxe – Includes complete treatment for multiple infections with complete instructions included. Includes basic pack PLUS amoxicillin/clavulanate (generic Augmentin), azithromycin (generic Zithromax), and levofloxacin (generic Levaquin) ONLY FOR THOSE WITH NO ANTIBIOTIC ALLERGIES!
Regardless of one’s own belief concerning the ability to safely consume vet antibiotics – SurvivingHealthy.com certainly provides a best-case option for obtaining FDA approved “meant for human consumption” antibiotics.
There are other services and sources for human-use antibiotics – however SurvivingHealthy.com is one which I am most familiar.
For a cost comparison I am going to compare purchasing the same antibiotics from SurvivingHealthy.com and Amazon.com. SurvivingHealthy.com offers a couple of different packages. For this effort – let’s take a look at the Basic Package.
SurvivingHealthy.com Basic Package : Includes complete treatment for multiple infections with complete instructions included. Antibiotics included: penicillin, amoxicillin, doxycycline, cephalexin, sulfa.
Total cost – $119.99
Purchasing the same antibiotics through Amazon breaks down as follows:
- Penicillin Tablets – 500mg – 30 tablets
- Amoxicillin 500mg – 50 capsules
- Doxycycline 100mg – 100 tablets
- Cephalexin 500mg – 100 capsules
- Sulfa 960mg – 60 tablets
Total cost – $116.00
As one can see – very little cost difference. The total quantity of meds obtained from Amazon surely is larger and that can be taken into consideration.
For me – I am going the route of SurvivingHealthy.com to be able to put back some antibiotics “just in case”. With the little cost difference as well as the usage guidelines provided with each order – I feel very comfortable with this decision.
This is a decision that I have made for myself and my family.
For those choosing to store vet antibiotics…
I received the following comment from a reader…
“I have been unable to find what I would be considered absolute factual information that leads me to believe that antibiotics meant for animal/fish use are EXACTLY the same as those prescribed for humans.”
If you believe the FDA as a factual source of information, see Section 206.10 of the CFR:
Sec. 206.10 Code imprint required.
“(a) Unless exempted under 206.7, no drug product in solid oral dosage form may be introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce unless it is clearly marked or imprinted with a code imprint that, in conjunction with the product’s size, shape, and color, permits the unique identification of the drug product and the manufacturer or distributor of the product. “
Based on Hector’s recommendations – I decided to give it a try.
I visited Aquaticpharmacy.com and found aquatic Amoxicillin. See picture below:
Next – I visited Drugs.com and found the reference for Amoxicillin. What I found was that the capsules pictured at both sites matched. It appears that both drugs are identical. Now, are they? To know that for sure that would require a chemical analysis.
Regardless – this is information that can be used when considering whether or not to purchase antibiotics from any source.
Thanks Hector for the information.
You have antibiotics… now what?
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Should a source for antibiotics be decided, purchased ad stored away – what will you do after TSHTF and they are needed?
One source I have found on antibiotics and their usage is a book called Where There Is No Doctor. Chapter 7 discusses what antibiotics are and then in the GREEN PAGES there is a large list of antibiotics and detailed instructions on usage. Where There Is No Doctor is an excellent resource in any survival and preparedness library.
No doubt there are other resources to obtain information.
To sum it up – in a TEOTWAWKI situation where medical services are nonexistent, being able to care for yourself and loved ones with antibiotics if necessary is a serious and crucial matter.
As always – prepare now while you still can.