Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How to Research Fish Antibiotics for When IT Hits The Fan


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Now, with the legalities out of the way. This is what I have found in regards to fish antibiotics and the hypothetical human use for when IT hits the fan.

First and foremost, I would make sure that the pills have a United States Pharmacopeia, or USP.   " This is a compendium recognized officially by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that contains descriptions, uses, strengths, and standards of purity for selected drugs and for all of their forms of dosage."

Secondly, I would make sure that it is an antibiotic that I have taken for a previous reason. This greatly reduces the risk of an allergic reaction.

Third, I would start my stockpile of medicines for the most common ailments for your family. For my clan this would include ear infections, upper respiratory infections, strep throat, and Urinary Tract Infections.

For the purpose of this exercise, I'll choose strep throat, since that is why I am currently taking medication.
  • Open new page to Google.
  • In the search box, type "webmd.com" and your ailment. Ex:  "webmd.com strep throat" ( link for example)
According to webmd.com, "Antibodies such as penicillin, cephalexin, or amoxicillin are used to treat strep throat infection." ( http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/strep-throat-medications ).

Next, I'll need to figure out the dosing schedule for amoxicillin for an adult. This is very important since the dosage will vary from an adult to a  child.
I plugged "drugs.com dosage amoxicillin" into Google and got this :  Dosage Schedule   (http://www.drugs.com/dosage/amoxicillin.html ).  

After a lot of research and personally buying the medicine, I would recommend this site medicine. This is the direct website from where we purchase our antibiotics. It has the USP and is also an American manufacturer.

Make sure to printout any information in case of power failure.

I added The Doom and Bloom (tm) Survival Medicine Handbook to the recommended list onto  My Amazon store. Link Here

As always, comments are welcome and encouraged. Keep Right On - K

UPDATE POST ON 09-04-2012

I have provided a link to Fish Antibiotics.org . They have Youtube videos of the actual pills and descriptions so that you can further research the medicines. This website is an excellent resource.

I have also removed the link to My Amazon store, since Amazon no longer carries any aquarium medicines.

http://www.doomandbloom.net/2011/10/fish-antibiotics-in-a-collapse.html  (Best site)


  1. Sow hat makes fish antibiotics more preferable than say the ones you can buy over the counter at the tractor supply places? Mostly horse and livestock antibiotics.

  2. I haven't done any research into horse or livestock antibiotics, but I imagine that it has a lot to do with dosage, availability, and ease of obtaining. As far as I can tell, if the ingredients are only the antibody then theoretically it should be safe. Fillers, I believe, might be a difference. I would be very interested in what you find out though.

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  4. we have been researching Fish antibiotics as well, and have a friend who has been buying them up. I am interested in the ones at Tractor Supply- need to do more research myself on it, because the formulation of course is for a large animal. But I do wonder if they sell them for dogs and cats as those doasges would be more compatible with humans. I worked for a veterinarian for many years, and I know all too well that many of the same meds precribed for our small animal friends were also what we could take.

    1. I personally prefer the smaller doses since we have two small kids, plus if we need a different dose we can take 2 or 3 pills to get tot he right milligrams. Ex: 750mg dose every day = 3 x 250mg pills.

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