Antibiotics for SHTF

When SHTF a simple fever and infection could become life or death without treatment. We've outlined 4 meds you need to stockpile now and know how and where to scavenge post SHTF. This article covers bacterial based illnesses. When the grid has been down for an extended period of time, you may not be able to find a doctor,  so you'll need to know how/when each antibiotic should be taken.

Stockpiling is a great idea but take note of the below listed shelf lives,  they don't last for ever. That's why we suggest you learn how to barter and scavenge, we've wrote an entire PREPPING GUIDE on this topic.

Antibiotics for SHTF

Antibiotics are for bacterial illnesses and not viral. Use these for symptom analysis tips to determine your illness. Do not use antibiotics if viral is suspected.⁣

📃Location: A viral illness typically causes wide-spread symptoms. A bacteria usually causes site-specific symptoms, such as those involving the sinuses, throat, or chest.⁣
📃Phlegm color: A virus may produce clear or cloudy mucous, if any. A bacterial illness typically causes colored phlegm (green, yellow, bloody or brown-tinged).⁣
📃Duration of illness: Most viral illnesses last 2 to 10 days. A bacterial illness commonly will last longer than 10 days.⁣
📃Fever. A viral infection may or may not cause a fever. A bacterial illness notoriously causes a fever (normal body temperature is 98.6°f)⁣

There are four main types of antibiotics, take the type that best matches your symptoms. ⁣
If medication not expired,⁣
Take RecommendedDose for 10 to 14 days.⁣
If expired,⁣
Take 125% of Recommended Dose for 14 days.⁣

After 24 of antibiotics and after fever has broken, you would typically be considered NOT contagious. ⁣


Type: penicillin antibiotic. Shelf life: 5 years after expiration. Treats: tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and infections of the ear, nose or throat.⁣

Type: macrolide antibiotic. Shelf life: 5 years after expiration. Treata: skin and respiratory system.⁣

Type: fluoroquinolones group. Shelf life: 10 years after expiration. Treats: anthrax, urinary tract and prostate infections, diverticulitis and many forms of pneumonia and bronchitis.⁣

Type: nitroimidazoles. Shelf life: 3 years after expiration. Treats: parasitic and bacterial infections including Giardia infections of the small intestine, colon infections, liver abscess, vaginal infections (not yeast), fungating wounds, intra-abdominal infections, lung abscess and gingivitis.⁣

Keep in a cool and dry place. Store in airtight containers or sealed foil packets.⁣

The World Health Organisation has said: “The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

“However, if you are hospitalised for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.” This is especially true as the Novel virus effects the respirator system and antibiotics are essential in fighting pneumonia. 

For more info, view our blog on COVID-19.

These tips are for SHTF use only. Always use as directed and prescribed. A doctor's advice should take priority. ⁣

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  • You didnt mention doxycycline. This is a very important shtf antibiotic. For one it is a great alternative to amoxicillin (any who is allergic). Secondly it is a broad spectrum bacteriostatic antibiotic. It can cure a wide variety of bacteria, like syphilis, lyme disease, UTI’s, etc. 100mg twice a day for 7-14:for most to 30 days for severe infections. This can be bought as a fish antibiotic as well. Check it out. The more you know the better.

  • That’s good information to know and have. I know it’s not ment to be used by humans but, fish and bird antibiotics are great for this type of event. I’ve bought and used them before and they worked the same as the Rx ones. I stock pile 2 bottles of 3 types that my family can take. They’re not that expensive, come on 2 strengths typically 250mg & 500mg. The 500mg ones are usually listed as forte in the name of the drug. Ex: fish Mox forte, thats amoxicillin 500mg pills, the 250mg just say fish Mox. The same with the penicillin, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin and the other ones you can buy in a pet store or online. If you use a pill identifier they are the same as the Rx ones. They are the 3rd shift made ones where the FDA inspector is not there so they sell those for animal use, like fish, dog, cat. The veterinarian gives you a bottle for your animal and they are the ones I mentioned. I’ve looked the ones for the our dog up and they come up on the pill identifier as the ones the Dr. gives you. Just store them properly, and know what you are taking and you will be ok. (Warning: more people have allergic reactions to antibiotics than most other drugs!) So know that you have taken a particular antibiotic before and that you are not allergic to that type of antibiotic. An allergic reaction during a SHTF situation could be deadly! So be careful and knowledgeable about what you are taking and the signs of an allergic reaction are. Stock some Benadryl, it is used for some types of allergic reactions to medicans. The more you know, the better prepared you will be in any type of emergency situation. Knowledge is power! (Disclaimer: I am not a Dr. or medical professional!) This is purely for informative purposes.

    william mann

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