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 Recommended Dose 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.⁣ Be sure to keep a supply in your Bugout Bag or Bugout Vehicle. Keeping them in a nearby Survival Cache may also be considered if temperature conditions are appropriate. 

The World Health Organization 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 hospitalized 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.


So in a SHTF scenario where prescription meds are not available; consider Fish Antibiotics as an alternative option. These are usually available as powder or pellets but can also be found in pill form. The quality may not be the same but if the pill has an imprint code it has a good chance of being safe for human consumption and medical use. The primary issue will be with the effectiveness or likely hood of contamination due to poor storage conditions. Since we are discussing SHTF situations it's important to note Fish Antibiotics but use caution and use only as a last ditch medication. Here are the common Fish Antibitos along with the human equivalent type and dosage.

  • Fish Pen Forte = Penicillin 500mg
  • Fish Zole = Metronidazole 500mg
  • Fish Cin =Clindamycin 150mg
  • Fish Cillin = Ampicillin 250mg
  • Fish Mox = Amoxicillin 500mg
  • Fish Flex Forte = Cephalexin 500mg
  • Fin Flox  = Ciprofloxacin 500mg


Consider telemedicine options that allow for you to speak with a doctor about preparations for adventure offgrid or your personal risk for a worst case scenario. A doctor can prescribe medications in some instance for people that do not currently have a need for a specific prescription. It is justified by your lifestyle, expected travel, local risks, and current events. Let's say you are planning a hike deep into the forest where EMS or first responders are unable to access; you could be prescribed medication to aid in self survival in the event you are injured, have an infection, or are sick. Duration Health is an example of a service focusing in SHTF readiness as it relates to emergency meds. 


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

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The purpose of this guide is to provide a foundation in first-aid, a quick reference for treating traumatic injuries/illnesses, and outline the survival uses of medication.

Prepping and prevention tactics will provide a means to deter unexpected life threatening events, a step-by-step template will provide tips for immediate aid to common medical care needed in remote areas, alternative and contingency medicines will be explained and advised provided for obtaining or scavenging supplies in a post-disaster incident. 

The included first-aid and medical cabinet checklist will ensure you are stocked on essentials. The emphasis of this guide is on Worst Case Scenario events in which standard Emergency Medical Services do not exist due to remote locations, breakdown of government resources, civil unrest, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, etc.

We’ve adapted the practices used in wilderness search and rescue operations and applied them to meet the needs of a prepping survivalist’s worst nightmare.

Bottom Line Up Up Front (BLUF): 

  1. Prevention and Prepping includes an emergency crisis plan, pre-LAE stocking of medical supplies, and training.

  2. When injuries or illness occur, assess and diagnose, then treat. Stabilize patients then utilize guidance to aid underlying conditions.

  3. Inventory medical supplies, store properly, determine alternative and contingency uses of prescription medications and holistic remedies. 

  4. Pack and carry an Individual First Aid Kit as part of your EDC or Get Home Bag. Have a kit at work and in the vehicle. Stock an advanced medical chest at the homestead.