Antibiotics for Preppers – Fish Antibiotic

Antibiotics for Preppers

Several people have asked me questions about antibiotics for preppers like:  How can I get prescription-quality antibiotics for my emergency kit? Are animal antibiotics safe for human consumption? And then there is my question, how can I get antibiotics cheaper?
At the beginning of the year I visited the doctor because I was very sick. He prescribed me antibiotics and a week later I was all better. The doctor visit cost $110 and the mox antibiotic was $15 so the total cost to get antibiotics was $125! After receiving the bill I wondered how I could lower medical expenses and add antibiotics to my prepper supplies. These questions inspired this blog posting. I am NOT a medical professional! The following article includes ideas that come from personal research to satisfy my own needs. Please do your own research! See full disclaimer by clicking here.

Are Animal Antibiotics safe for human consumption? Most animal antibiotics are NOT safe for human consumption. However, most fish antibiotics are the “same USP grade antibiotics produced by pharmaceutical companies that also produce antibiotics for human use. Every capsule or tablet is labeled, imprinted, and often color-coded with a special code that can be used to identify the strength and type of the antibiotic by performing an internet search for the product”.   Please note that Fish Antibiotic Bottles have warning labels on them: “Not for human consumption” so consume at your own risk. If you are not convinced then next time you have an antibiotic prescription compare the prescription pills to the same fish antibiotic pills.

Antibiotics for Preppers

My husband and I have both used fish antibiotics (mox 500 mg) when we knew what was wrong with us and which antibiotic to use because the doctor had prescribed it previous times.  Each time they worked just the same as the prescribed antibiotic.   Antibiotics for PreppersAntibiotics for Preppers -Fish Antibiotic - Preppers Survive

How can I get antibiotics cheaper than a typical doctor’s office visit?  After doing my research, I went online and ordered a bottle of fish mox 500 mg.

How long can I store them?  The expiration on the bottle was a little over one year away.  No antibiotics should be consumed beyond its expiration date!  Severe reactions may result from expired antibiotics.  Severe reactions are limited to certain antibiotics so for every type of antibiotic you stock do research on it!

Where can I get prescription-quality antibiotics for my emergency kit?  Some pet stores carry fish antibiotics. They didn’t at the one Pet Store Chain that I try so I went online and bought some.

{Note:  Buying animal antibiotics may not always be available.  Since this article was written two major suppliers can no longer be found on the web.  The websites were:  &  Amazon has sold them in the past but I have not seen them available for a while.}  

Which antibiotic should I get?  If you have an empty pharmacy bottle that has dosage instructions, I would start there.  The most commonly recommended by Preppers are Amoxicillin for respiratory infections and Ciprofloxacin for urinary tract infections. In the book, “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” (which is about the economic collapse of Argentina) the author suggests having Amoxicillin 250mg & 500mg.  You can find dosage instructions online at  For more recommendations the Urban Survival Site has an informative article called “The 9 Best Survival Antibiotics“.

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3 Comments on Antibiotics for Preppers – Fish Antibiotic

  1. I understand your cautious nature. My good doctor (MD) friend never throws out outdated antibiotics. Dates are required by Federal law and have little to do with efficacy (Google the Federal SLEP for meds). The one exception might be tetracycline which has a nasty habit of going toxic. If it comes down to outdated medications versus sepsis …. I think I would take the chance.

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