As each year comes and goes, the world is becoming increasingly more dangerous, and the risk of collapse of society is greater. If that happens, access to doctors, hospitals, and modern medicine may suddenly disappear. More and more people are realizing the importance of being prepared, not only for short term, but also for a long term end-of-the-world Doomsday scenario. Preppers might do a good job with preparation for food, water, fire, shelter, and some other prepping categories. However, medical preparations seem to be a weak point for most preppers, and in particular an understanding of medicine and which ones to stockpile.
One of the most important medicines that would be missed in post apocalyptic world would be antibiotics. In a collapse of society, survivors will be required to work hard outside, and will be much more subject to cuts, burns, splinters, and other wounds that will also be subject to less hygienic conditions compared to today. As a result, we could expect infections to become much more prevalent if Doomsday becomes a reality. With no access to modern medicine, simple infections requiring antibiotics may be a death sentence when they go untreated. Stockpiling topical antibiotics such as Bacitracin Zinc Ointment, Polysporin, and Neosporin will be helpful for treating simple cuts. But there would be plenty of situations where people would need to be treated with oral antibiotics in order to survive.
So many preppers are stockpiling antibiotics and fish antibiotics if and when there is a SHTF situation. However, obtaining antibiotics and knowing what to do with them with regards to storage, which ones to take, dosages, etc. is a different story. Standard dosing information is readily available from many resources. However, the amount of medical knowledge needed to diagnose specific infections and which antibiotics are best for treatment of these specific conditions is beyond the knowledge of the average American. Even then, this kind of information can be learned and medical textbooks can be purchased by anyone. The point is that even if a prepper stockpiles antibiotics for Doomsday, they must take time to gain knowledge knowing when and how to take these medications as appropriate. The danger exists that a person could easily cause more harm than good, especially if they are completely uneducated on these medications.
In non-Doomsday times like today, it is advisable to never use antibiotics unless a Doctor has evaluated your condition and has prescribed them for you. Its just too risky to try to be your own doctor while society still exists and you have access to doctors and hospitals. Besides, the use of fish antibiotics by humans is illegal. But that does not prevent a prepper from trying to be prepared for long term disasters such a collapse of society due to an EMP. If you are a prepper and want to plan for an end-of-the-world situation, antibiotics should be considered as one of your many preps. Those same preppers who decide to stockpile antibiotics should take the time to learn how to diagnose infections, which antibiotics are recommended for particular infections, dosages, what their interactions are (with other drugs, food, or alcohol), where to obtain them, how to store them, shelf life, and more. Every prepper should at least consider antibiotics as part of their medical supplies for a Doomsday scenario. They’re available and if properly used, they could save your or a loved one’s life from a life-threatening infection when there is no access to modern medicine.
If you do decide to stockpile antibiotics, and we are not recommending that you do, it would just make common sense to never get antibiotics in powdered or liquid form as you cannot tell what fillers and other ingredients are included. It would also make sense to only buy American made medications that specifically state they are USP Grade Quality, and as such, others have recommended manufacturers such as Thomas Labs. USP stands for “US Pharmacopeia” and they set the standards for prescription and over-the-counter drugs manufactured or sold in the United States. Everyone has heard the horror stories where manufacturers in other countries (like China) will misrepresent their products including food and medicines, and what you receive could be poisonous or toxic. Testing to catch violators seems to be poorly managed to the point of being ineffective. Furthermore, it makes common sense to use a Pill Book or web site (as others suggest) with pictures of human pills to make sure they look exactly like their fish antibiotic counterparts.
One big advantage of stockpiling the pill forms of fish antibiotics is that the bottles are typically sealed versus an unsealed bottle that you would receive from your Pharmacist. The fish antibiotics pill bottles also block light better versus “see-through” prescription bottles. Four environmental conditions that can cause medications to lose shelf life are temperature, humidity, exposure to oxygen, and exposure to light. Therefore cool temperatures, lack of light, low humidity, and sealed bottles will extend the shelf life of most modern medicines. Do not freeze antibiotics or allow them to be stored in high temperatures. A single occurrence of leaving your medications in very high temperatures (like in a very hot unattended car) or allowing them to freeze can ruin them. For storage, just keep them in a cool dark place at air conditioned or “basement cool” temperatures or perhaps in the refrigerator. You don’t have to store them in the refrigerator, but it might extend their shelf life. Most antibiotics simply become less effective over time, especially if not stored properly. However, some specific antibiotics and medications can become toxic after they expire.
To continue your research on the best fish antibiotics for Doomsday survival, which antibiotics are less effective, dosages, and shelf life, keep reading here at TopSurvivalPreps.com.