Antibiotics in a Post-Disaster World

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Antibiotics in a Post-Disaster World

Probably the most important category of medicines in a post-disaster world are going to be antibiotics. Unless you are taking medicine for some sort of chronic condition, such as high blood pressure, a visit to the doctor is more likely to end with a prescription for some sort of antibiotic, than any other sort of medicine. While there are a number of different sorts of antibiotics, with different ones being better for different ailments, they all do essentially the same thing.

But here in the United States, you can’t just buy antibiotics over the counter. You’ve got to have a prescription. So how can we manage to add them to our stockpile?

Ask Your Doctor

If you have a good relationship with your family doctor, you can probably explain the situation to him or her and ask them to give you prescriptions for antibiotics. Nobody really questions the prescriptions that doctors write, so there wouldn’t be a chance for anyone to get suspicious about them.

However, in order to keep the pharmacist from getting suspicious of you, you’d need to get several different prescriptions and have them filled over a period of months. That would entail a number of trips to the doctor and some ongoing cooperation. But it could work.

Use Veterinary Antibiotics

Many preppers stockpile veterinary antibiotics, rather than the normal ones used by humans. In most cases, these are actually made in the same factories and might even look the same, even though they are sold under different names. Some of the easiest to find are:

  • FISH-MOX is Amoxicillin 250mg
  • FISH-MOX FORTE is Amoxicillin 500mg
  • FISH-FLEX is Keflex 250mg
  • FISH-FLEX FORTE is Keflex 500mg
  • FISH-ZOLE is Metronidazole 250mg
  • FISH-PEN is Penicillin 250mg
  • FISH-PEN FORTE is Penicillin 500mg

You might be better off trying to find these from a veterinary supply, than buying them in your local pet store. You’re also going to know how much to administer. You can get that from any of the more reliable medical websites or go to

Go to Mexico

Mexico has an excellent pharmaceutical industry. Better yet, you can buy most medicines in a Mexican pharmacy, without a prescription. While the names are slightly different, if you go to any pharmacy in a border city and ask for the medicine by the American name, they’ll know what you’re talking about. With the most common ones, you can buy them in 100 pill bottles, saving money. Most can be brought across the border without problem, although there are a few that aren’t allowed.

Use Herbal Medicines

Before there were modern pharmaceuticals, there was herbal medicine. In fact, our modern pharmaceutical industry really got its roots from trying to refine and exploit those naturally occurring medicines. Even today, many are nothing more than something created artificially to duplicate something that can be found in nature.

Some of the more potent natural antibiotics are:

  • Garlic
  • Honey
  • Ginger
  • Echinecea
  • Goldenseed
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne pepper