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Basic Lesson 199   Antibiotics And Their Use in a total Collapse 

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  • Basic Lesson 199   Antibiotics And Their Use in a total Collapse 

    Basic Lesson 199

    Antibiotics And Their Use in a total Collapse

    1. Introduction: You find yourself surviving with your small group. It has been 4 months since any word from the government has reached you. It is way to dangerous to travel to the local city for medical treatment. The answer is knowledge: Without proper knowledge to diagnosis the problem, any action you take may cause more harm then good. Since the local hospital and pharmacy are gone and you need to use home remedies what can you do? Well with pre-planning, you can purchase fish antibacterial medicine. With the proper dosage you can use these over the counter meds on humans. One of the most common questions that come from people is: “What antibiotics should I stockpile, and how do I use them?”

    2. Liberal use of antibiotics is a poor strategy for these reasons:

    A. Overuse can foster the spread of resistant bacteria. Antibiotics routinely given to turkeys recently caused a resistant strain of Salmonella that put over 100 people in the hospital. 36 million birds were destroyed.

    B. Potential allergic reactions may occur that could lead to anaphylactic shock

    C. Making a diagnosis may be more difficult if you give antibiotics before you’re sure what medical problem you’re actually dealing with. The antibiotics might temporarily “mask” a symptom, which could cost you valuable time in determining the correct treatment.

    3. Use Antibiotics Sparingly: It’s important to start off by saying that you will not want to indiscriminately use antibiotics for every minor ailment that comes along. In a collapse, the medic is also a quartermaster of sorts; you will want to wisely dispense that limited and, yes, precious supply of life-saving drugs. You can see that judicious use of antibiotics, under your close supervision, is necessary to fully utilize their benefits. Discourage your group members from using these drugs without first consulting you.

    4. What Antibiotics Can I Store?

    a. There are many antibiotics, but what antibiotics accessible to the average person would be good additions to your medical storage? Here are some common antibiotics (most available in veterinary form without a prescription) that you will want in your medical arsenal and their veterinary equivalent:
    · Amoxicillin 250mg AND 500mg (FISH-MOX, FISH-MOX FORTE)
    · Ciprofloxacin 250mg and 500mg(FISH-FLOX, FISH-FLOX FORTE)
    · Cephalexin 250mg and 500mg (FISH-FLEX, FISH-FLEX FORTE)
    · Metronidazole 250mg (FISH-ZOLE)
    · Doxycycline 100mg (BIRD-BIOTIC)
    · Ampicillin 250mg and 500mg (FISH-CILLIN, FISH-CILLIN FORTE)
    - Clindamycin 300mg (FISH-CIN)
    · Sulfamethoxazole 400mg/Trimethoprin 80mg (BIRD-SULFA)

    b. There are various others that you can choose, but the selections above will give you the opportunity to treat many illnesses and have enough variety so that even those with Penicillin allergies with have options. Cephalexin, although not in the same drug family, has been quoted as having a 10% cross-reactivity rate with Penicillin. Amoxicillin (Aquarium version: FISH-MOX, FISH-MOX FORTE, AQUA-MOX): comes in 250mg and 500mg doses, usually taken 3 times a day. Amoxicillin is the most popular antibiotic prescribed to children, usually in liquid form. More versatile and better absorbed than the older Penicillin’s,

    c. Amoxicillin may be used for the following diseases:

    · Anthrax (Prevention or treatment of Cutaneous transmission)
    · Chlamydia Infection (sexually transmitted)
    · Urinary Tract Infection (bladder/kidney infections)
    · Helicobacter pylori Infection (causes peptic ulcer)
    - Lyme Disease (transmitted by ticks)
    · Otitis Media (middle ear infection)
    · Pneumonia (lung infection)
    · Sinusitis
    · Skin or Soft Tissue Infection (cellulitis, boils)
    · Actinomycosis (causes abscesses in humans and livestock)
    · Bronchitis
    · Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis (Strep throat)

    5. Dosage and Frequency: but how do you approach determining what dose and frequency would be appropriate for what individual? Let’s take an example: Otitis Media is a common ear infection, especially in children. Amoxicillin is often the “drug of choice” for this condition.

    a. First, you would want to determine that your patient is not allergic to Amoxicillin. The most common form of allergy would appear as a rash, but diarrhea, itchiness, and even respiratory difficulty could also manifest. If your patient is allergic, another antibiotic such as Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprin or Cephalexin could be a “second-line” solution.

    b. Once you have identified Amoxicillin as your choice to treat your patient’s ear infection, you will want to determine the dosage. As Otitis Media often occurs in children, you might have to break a tablet in half or open the capsule to separate out a portion that would be appropriate.

    c. For Amoxicillin, you would give :

    1. 20-50mg per kilogram of body weight (20-30mg/kg for infants less than four months old). This would be useful if you have to give the drug to a toddler less than 30 pounds.

    2. A common child’s dosage would be 250mg

    3. Common maximum dosage for adults would be 500 mg.

    4. Take this orally 3 times a day for 10 to 14 days (twice a day for infants). Luckily, these dosages are exactly how the commercially-made medications come.

    6. Notes:

    a. If your child is too small to swallow a pill whole, you could make a mixture with water (called a “suspension”). To make a liquid, crush a tablet or empty a capsule into a small glass of water and drink it; then, fill the glass again and drink that (particles may adhere to the walls of the glass). You can add some flavoring to make it more palatable.

    b. Anytime you, place a person on a new medication or supplement, they should be carefully watched for signs of allergy. If they develop a rash, itching, diarrhea, or other untoward symptoms, you should discontinue your treatment and look for other options. You will be probably see improvement within 3 days, but don’t be tempted to stop the antibiotic therapy until you’re done with the entire 10-14 days. Sometimes, you’ll kill most of the bacteria but some colonies may persist and multiply if you prematurely end the treatment. In a collapse, however, you might be down to your last few pills and have to make some tough decisions.

    c. For official recommendations regarding the use of Amoxicillin to treat the other illnesses listed, consider investing in a book called the Physician’s Desk Reference. It will have all this information (and more) on just about any medication manufactured today. Online sources such as or are also useful, but you are going to want a hard copy for your library. You never know when we might not have a functioning internet.

    d. A lot of this information was compiled from WEB MD, the book Physician’s Desk reference, and 2 articles dealing with Fish antibacterial medicines that can be used by humans.

  • #2
    This is great info. I have some fish antibiotics but they are now nearing the expiration date. My daughter is allergic to PNC as well as amoxicillin. We all need to know what everyone in our group is allergic to so as not to give an antibiotic that could make things worse. I do have an old PDR and need to invest in a new one that is more updated. This is a great book to have.